Survey of Adult Skills: results for Auckland

Ting Huang
Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
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The Southern Initiative

Since 2008, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), coordinated by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has conducted the Survey of Adult Skills (‘the survey’) in 32 countries. The survey measures a range of skills and competencies, namely literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments, that are regarded as necessary for working-age adults (16 to 65 years) to be able to fully integrate and participate in the labour market, education and training, and their social and civic life.

The survey was undertaken in New Zealand in 2014. The Ministry of Education commissioned the National Research Bureau (NRB) to undertake the survey. A representative sample of 6177 people was selected from households across the country, with Auckland making up 31 per cent (1889) of the national sample.

This report provides an overview of results for Auckland. It outlines differences in skill proficiencies between the Auckland sample and the rest of New Zealand, as well as differences across geographic areas within Auckland. The report also identifies differences in results by various socio-economic and demographic characteristics (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity, employment, education and years living in New Zealand). A case study is included on results for the Southern Initiative area.

Auckland Council technical report, TR2018/007

Last updated: 2018-06-01