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Slovak Republic's skills snapshot


Developing the relevant skills

  • How well does the Slovak Republic’s education system perform? In the 2009 PISA tests of 15-year-olds, the Slovak Republic performs below the OECD average in reading (rank 35) and science (rank 34), and slightly above the OECD average in mathematics (rank 22).1
  • Does the Slovak Republic invest enough in education and training? The Slovak Republic spent 4.7% of its annual income on education in 2009, compared to the OECD average of 6.2%.2
  • How much are Slovakian citizens undertaking further education? In 2008, 41% of Slovakian citizensparticipated in continuing non-formal education compared to the OECD average of 34%.3
  • How equal is access to opportunities for further training in the Slovak Republic? In 2007, 62% of people aged 25-64 with a tertiary-level education participated in formal and/or non-formal education, compared with 14% for people in the same age group with below upper secondary education.4

Supplying skills

  • Is there scope to improve skill utilisation in the Slovak Republic through strengthening labour force participation? In 2011, 87% of people aged between 25 and 54 were in the labour force, compared to an OECD average of 81%.5 The participation rate for prime-age women (aged 25-54) is above the OECD average at 80% in 2011 (OECD average 71%).6  
  • To what extent are the Slovak Republic’s older workers supplying their skills to the labour market? In 2011, 46% of people aged 55 to 64 were in the labour force, compared to an OECD average of 58%.7

Using skills

  • How smooth is the transition from school to work for the Slovak Republic’s youth? The employment rate of the Slovak Republic’s youth in 2011 was 20%, compared with the OECD average of 39%.8 In 2011, the unemployment rate of the Slovak Republic’s youth was 33%, double the OECD average of 16%.9
  • Are the qualifications of the Slovak Republic’s workers well matched with the requirements of their jobs? In 2005, 9% of the Slovak Republic’s workers were over-qualified for their jobs (against theOECD average of 25%), and 6% were under-qualified (against the OECD average of 22%).10 Over-qualified (under-qualified) workers are those who have a higher (lower) qualification than the most common qualification of all other workers in the same occupation.


Key recommendations from the OECD Skills Strategy

A country can develop the relevant skills by encouraging and enabling people to learn throughout life; fostering international mobility of skilled people to fill skills gaps; and promoting cross-border skills policies.

A country can activate the supply of skills by encouraging people to offer their skills to the labour market and retaining skilled people in the labour market.

A country can put skills to effective use by creating a better match between people’s skills and the requirements of their job and increasing the demand for high-level skills.

For more information, see the:

OECD Policy Map on Skills | OECD Skills Strategy | Skills Strategy: Overview


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