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Getting Skills Right: United Kingdom

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This report identifies effective strategies to tackle skills imbalances in the United Kingdom. It provides an assessment of practices and policies in the following areas: the collection and use of information on skill needs to foster a better alignment between skills acquisition and labour market needs; education and training policies targeting skills development and investment for individuals and employers; job creation policies to develop skills through on-the-job learning; and policies facilitating the entry of migrants with skills that are in demand. The assessment is based on country visits, desk research and data analysis conducted by the OECD secretariat.

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Executive summary

Developing the right set of skills and making full use of them in the economy is a recipe for higher productivity, growth and inclusiveness. A strong recovery in the United Kingdom has led to record-high employment rates and an unemployment rate that is expected to remain low for the next couple of years. However, labour productivity growth, which is closely related to the use of skills, remains low. Many workers are trained in a field of study that is not associated with their occupation.

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