Publications & Documents


  • 8-September-2016

    English

    Investing in Youth: Australia

    The present report on Australia is part of the series on "Investing in Youth", which builds on the expertise of the OECD on youth employment, social support and skills. This series covers both OECD countries and countries in the process of accession to the OECD, as well as some emerging economies. The report provides a detailed diagnosis of youth policies in the area of education, training, social and employment policies. Its main focus is on disengaged or at-risk of disengaged youth.

  • 31-July-2016

    English

    Weaving Together Policies for Social Inclusion in Ireland

    Ireland has made considerable progress in rebounding from the crisis, but, like other OECD countries, continues to grapple with how to address lingering socio-economic impacts and ensure inclusive growth growing forward. Multi-faceted interventions, targeting disadvantaged populations and the places they live, can lead to more effective and inclusive policies. Ignoring the relationship between people and place will, in contrast, lead to further entrenched disadvantage. This report looks at some of the ways in which Ireland can build on an already comprehensive series of reforms to better weave together current policies and practices.

  • 12-July-2016

    English

    Employment and Skills Strategies in Poland

    With the rising economic importance of human resources and skills, employment and training agencies are often expected to play a more important role in local strategies to support new job creation, facilitate restructuring and increase productivity. The OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme has developed a series of reviews on Local Job Creation to examine the contribution of local labour market policy to boosting quality employment and enhancing productivity. For Poland, the review has looked at the range of institutions and bodies involved in employment and skills policies, focusing on local strategies in the city of Poznań and the Radomski sub-region.

  • 1-July-2016

    English

    Recruiting Immigrant Workers: The Netherlands 2016

    The Dutch labour migration system has undergone substantive changes in recent years. To induce a transition to more high-skilled migration, a programme based on salary thresholds has grown in volume while a programme based on work permits after a labour market test has shrunk. New programmes target international graduates either of Dutch educational institutions or of selected institutions abroad. Changes to immigration procedures have shifted responsibility to migrants' employers and have greatly reduced processing times. This review first examines the composition of labour migration to the Netherlands, in the context of present and expected demand in the Dutch labour market. Following a discussion of various programmes and procedures, the review assesses how labour migration contributes to the strategic development of sectors and to employment in regions. It then explores the determinants for the retention of high-skilled migrants and for the integration of international graduates into the Dutch labour market.

  • 28-June-2016

    English

    Skills Matter - Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

    In the wake of the technological revolution that began in the last decades of the 20th century, labour market demand for information-processing and other high-level cognitive and interpersonal skills is growing substantially. The Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), was designed to provide insights into the availability of some of these key skills in society and how they are used at work and at home. The first survey of its kind, it directly measures proficiency in several information-processing skills – namely literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.


    This volume reports results from the 24 countries and regions that participated in the first round of the survey in 2011-12 (first published in OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills) and from the nine additional countries that participated in the second round in 2014-15 (Chile, Greece, Indonesia [Jakarta], Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey). It describes adults’ proficiency in the three information-processing skills assessed, and examines how skills proficiency is related to labour market and social outcomes. Another related report, The Survey of Adult Skills: Reader’s Companion, Second Edition, describes the design and methodology of the survey and its relationship to other international assessments of young students and adults.

  • 27-June-2016

    English

    The Productivity-Inclusiveness Nexus - Preliminary version

    This report proposes a new comprehensive approach to promote better productivity performance and reduce inequalities. It not only gathers the most recent empirical evidence on the main factors behind slowing productivity gains and rising or persisting inequalities but also suggests possible common foundations and linkages between these two trends.

  • 24-June-2016

    English

    Does the year you graduate influence your future pay cheque?

    New research points to the role of field-of-study mismatch in explaining the long-term effects of cyclical labour market shocks. It suggests that policy effort ought to be directed not just towards the NEETs, but also towards youth who find employment during recessions, given their higher risk of prolonged field-of-study mismatch and lower wages if mismatch is accompanied by overqualification.

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  • 22-June-2016

    English

    Germany’s economic performance is strong but productivity and investment need a boost

    The German economy has steadily recovered from the 2008 global crisis. Thanks to past reforms, the labour market has proved strong and export performance has been impressive.

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  • 20-juin-2016

    Français

    Tous égaux face aux équations ? - Rendre les mathématiques accessibles à tous - Principaux résultats

    Plus que jamais, les élèves doivent appréhender des concepts mathématiques, mener des raisonnements quantitatifs et analytiques, et communiquer à l’aide des mathématiques. Toutes ces compétences jouent un rôle central dans la capacité des jeunes à faire face aux problèmes qu’ils pourront rencontrer dans leur vie professionnelle ou privée une fois leur scolarité terminée. Néanmoins, la réalité est tout autre. Nombreux sont les élèves qui ne se sont pas familiarisés avec les concepts fondamentaux de mathématiques. Et trop d’élèves ne s’exercent à l’école qu’à des tâches routinières ne leur permettant pas d’améliorer leur capacité à raisonner de façon quantitative et à résoudre des problèmes complexes de la vie réelle.
    Comment inverser cette tendance ? Selon ce nouveau rapport, fondé sur les résultats de l’enquête PISA 2012, une solution consisterait à garantir l’acquisition des concepts fondamentaux de mathématiques par tous les élèves et leur exposition en classe à des problèmes complexes de mathématiques. Une part importante des écarts de performance observés dans les épreuves PISA entre les élèves issus de milieux socio-économiques favorisés et leurs pairs issus de milieux défavorisés peut s’expliquer par des différences de familiarité avec les concepts mathématiques. L’élargissement de l’accès aux contenus mathématiques pourrait permettre de relever les niveaux moyens de réussite et, par là même, de réduire les inégalités dans l’éducation et la société dans son ensemble.
    Cette synthèse en français résume les principaux résultats du rapport thématique PISA Equations and Inequalities: Making Mathematics Accessible to All afin de faciliter leur diffusion auprès du grand public francophone.

  • 17-June-2016

    English

    Soft skills for the future

    The demand for soft skills is increasing, and recent evidence suggests that the supply does not seem to keep up. The benefits from further development of these skills go beyond better labour market outcomes, as soft skills have been shown to contribute to overall well-being.

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