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Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

How skilled are the United Kingdom's adults? Read the 2013 Survey of Adult Skills results for England and Northern Ireland on our Education GPS for a partial view. Compare and contrast its results with other countries as well. 


Developing its relevant skills

How well does the United Kingdom's education system perform? Does the United Kingdom invest enough in education and training? How much are UK citizens undertaking further education?

Find the answers to these questions and more - along with the most recent data - from PISA, PIAAC and Education at a Glance at our Education GPS.  Also see the OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability.


Supplying its skills

Can skill utilisation in the United Kingdom be improved through strengthening labour force participation? To what extent are the United Kingdom's older workers supplying their skills to the labour market?

Go to the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs pages to get the latest information on labour force participation, displaced workers, skills anticipation and more.


Using its skills

How smooth is the transition from school to work for the United Kingom's youth? Are the qualifications of the United Kingdom's workers well matched with the requirements of their jobs? Does the United Kingdom have a "skills friendly" tax policy? How do high skills levels drive innovation?

You’ll find the answers to these questions and more - as well as the most recent data - at the following pages:


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 Skills Strategy | OECD Skills Strategy infographic


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