OECD Skills Outlook 2013

First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

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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 Skills Needed for the 21st Century

This chapter introduces the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). It first gives a brief overview of how and why the demand for skills has been changing over the past decades, focusing particularly on the advent and widespread adoption of information and communication technologies and on structural changes in the economy. It then describes how the survey – the first international survey of adult skills to directly measure skills in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments – can assist policy makers in responding to the challenges of a rapidly changing global labour market.

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