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Society at a Glance 2016

OECD Social Indicators

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This is the eighth edition of Society at a Glance, the biennial OECD overview of social indicators. This report addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. It updates some indicators included in the previous editions published since 2001 and introduces several new ones, with 25 indicators in total. It includes data for the 35 OECD member countries and where available data for key partners (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa); other G20 countries (Argentina and Saudi Arabia) are also included. The report features a special chapter on the NEET challenge and what can be done for jobless and disengaged youth. It also provides a guide to help readers in understanding the structure of OECD social indicators. All indicators are available as a web book and an e-book on OECD iLibrary.

 

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Skills

Skills play a central role in ensuring people find and keep employment. They are particularly important for young people as general education levels have increased in most OECD countries over the last few decades. Young people who lack basic literacy and numeracy skills will find it particularly difficult to make the transition from school to the workplace and may be left behind as countries skills demands continue to increase. displayed the large gaps in NEET rates between those with low and high literacy and numeracy skills. In today’s digital economy technological skills have also become much more important for a range of employment opportunities than was the case in the past. Skill levels are related more broadly to educational attainment. Those who leave school before completing upper secondary are twice as likely to have a low level of numeracy skills (OECD, 2015). Skill levels are not fully determined by educational attainment however, the quality of education systems is of importance in ensuring that students reach a minimum proficiency level. Skill levels can vary considerably among individuals with similar educational qualifications (OECD, 2013).

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