Skills matter: further results from the survey of adult skills. New Zealand

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Improve skills to build fairer, more inclusive societies - OECD.  

Poor skills severely reduce a person’s chance of a better-paying and more-rewarding job, and have a major impact on how the benefits of economic growth are shared within societies. In countries where large shares of adults have poor skills, it is difficult to introduce productivity-enhancing technologies and new ways of working, which stalls improvements in living standards, according to a new OECD report.

As part of its ongoing work to measure and improve adult skills around the world, the OECD has tested the skills of more than 50,000 16 to 65 year-olds in Chile, Greece, Indonesia (Jakarta), Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey. The assessments of reading, numeracy and problem solving abilities measure what people know and how they use their skills at work. This builds on the 2013 Survey which tested the skills of more than 150,000 adults in 24 countries.

Skills matter: further results from the Survey of Adult Skills finds clear evidence that developing and using skills improves employment prospects and quality of life as well as boosting economic growth. There was a strong link between a country’s performance in the survey and in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for 15 year-olds, suggesting that high quality initial, compulsory education is essential for countries to build a highly skilled work force.

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Last updated: 2016-07-04