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  • 8-February-2019

    English

    Engaging Employers and Developing Skills at the Local Level in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

    This report looks at how to better engage employers in apprenticeship and other work-based skills development opportunities that support local economic development objectives. It also sheds light on a number of key lessons and policy principles for improving business-education partnerships in emerging sectors of the Northern Ireland economy.In-depth fieldwork has also been undertaken to identify successful implementation practices at the local level. The aim was to understand the interaction between national and local programmes and policies, while offering practical advice to improve co-ordination and the participation of employers based on international best practices. A key part of the project is the implementation of an employer-based survey in Northern Ireland, which gathers information from employers about their skills needs and barriers to apprenticeship participation.
  • 4-December-2018

    English, PDF, 546kb

    Good jobs for all in a changing world of work: The new OECD Jobs Strategy – Key findings for the United Kingdom

    The digital revolution, globalisation and demographic changes are transforming labour markets at a time when policy makers are also struggling with slow productivity and wage growth and high levels of income inequality. The new OECD Jobs Strategy provides a comprehensive framework and policy recommendations to help countries address these challenges.

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  • 7-November-2018

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    Stemming the Superbug Tide in the United Kingdom

    Resistance proportions for eight antibiotic-bacterium pairs in the United Kingdom (UK) have decreased in recent years, from 13.5% in 2005 to 9% in 2015, and could go up again to 11% by 2030, should current trends in antibiotic consumption, population and economic growth continue into the future. Resistance proportions in the UK were lower than the OECD average in 2015 (17%).

  • 23-October-2018

    English

    Developing Schools as Learning Organisations in Wales

    Wales (United Kingdom) considers the development of schools as learning organisations as vital for supporting schools to put its new, 21st century curriculum into practice. A growing body of research evidence shows that schools that operate as learning organisations can react more quickly to changing external environments and embrace changes and innovations.
    This report aims to support Wales in this effort, gauging the extent to which schools have put into practice the characteristics of learning organisations and identifying areas for further development. It also examines the system-level conditions that can enable or hinder schools in Wales in developing as learning organisations. It offers a number of concrete recommendations for consideration by the Welsh Government and other stakeholders at various levels of the system.
    The report will be valuable not only for Wales, but also to the many countries that are looking to establish collaborative learning cultures across their school systems.
  • 15-October-2018

    English

  • 4-July-2018

    English, PDF, 238kb

    OECD Employment Outlook 2018 - Key findings for the United Kingdom

    The UK headline employment indicators compare well with OECD averages. In the first quarter of 2018, the UK employment rate of those aged between 15 and 74 years was 66.7%, the highest UK level on record and about 5 percentage points above the OECD average

  • 15-June-2018

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    A broken social elevator? Key findings for United Kingdom

    A broken social elevator? Key findings for United Kingdom

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  • 26-April-2018

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    Taxing Wages: Key findings for the United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom had the 26th lowest tax wedge among the 35 OECD member countries in 2017. The country had the 27th lowest position in 2016. The average single worker in the United Kingdom faced a tax wedge of 30.9% in 2017 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%.

  • 11-April-2018

    English

    Apprenticeship in England, United Kingdom

    One of a series of studies on vocational education and training, this review focuses on the apprenticeship system in England and concludes with policy recommendations.England has launched a series of reforms that champion the institution of apprenticeship, and address some previous weaknesses. The reforms encourage more substantive apprenticeship programmes and a stronger funding framework. Despite these strengths, there is still some way to go to establish an apprenticeship system in England to match those of the strongest countries.This report suggests several ways in which reforms might be adapted to achieve higher quality and better outcomes. An effective apprenticeship system involves various elements such as the development of the apprentice in the workplace by the employer and the broader education of young apprentices. The report argues that England should consider introducing regulations and standards to ensure that these elements are part of all apprenticeship programmes, and that the recently introduced apprenticeship levy supports high-quality training. In comparison to other countries, England has relatively few young apprentices. The report suggests England could facilitate transition from school to work by making better use of apprenticeships targeting school leavers.
  • 6-March-2018

    English

    Measuring Tax Support for R&D and Innovation - country profiles

    The 2017 OECD R&D tax incentive country profiles provide detailed information on the design features and cost of tax provisions used by countries to incentivise R&D performance by businesses, reporting on both long-term and recent trends.

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