OECD Skills Outlook 2013
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OECD Skills Outlook 2013

First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

This first OECD Skills Outlook presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 22 OECD member countries and two partner countries. The PIAAC survey was designed to provide insights into the availability of some key skills and how they are used at work and at home through the direct assessment of key information processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem-solving in technology-rich environments.  The book examines the social and economic context, the supply of  key information processing skills,  who has these skills at what level, the supply of and demand for these skills in the labour market,  the acquisition and maintenance of skills over a lifetime, and how proficiency in these skills translates into better economic and social outcomes.

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The Socio-Demographic Distribution of Key Information-Processing Skills You do not have access to this content

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This chapter analyses the results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) to describe how proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments is distributed among individuals according to various socio-demographic characteristics, including socio-economic background, educational attainment, immigrant and/or foreign-language background, age, gender and type of occupation. The perspective is also widened to report on countries’ average proficiency when considering skills in the context of these variables.

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