Skills and Work

The world of work is changing. Digitalisation, globalisation, population ageing and the transition to a low-carbon economy are affecting the jobs available and the skills required to perform them. At the Skills Team of the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) we develop data, tools and carry out analysis and implementation support to help individuals, firms and countries get ready for the jobs of the future. We work on three big areas: (1) Adult learning, helping countries improve their adult learning systems; (2) Changing skills needs, providing information on future skills evolutions and requirements; and (3) PIAAC, measuring the actual skills of adults. In the links below you will find more information on our work in each of these areas.

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Adult learning

The extent to which individuals, firms and economies can reap the benefits of ongoing structural changes depends on the readiness of adult learning systems to help people develop and maintain relevant skills over their working careers.

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Changing skills needs

In the context of changing skills need, developing the right skills that respond to labour-market needs and ensuring that these skills are fully utilised by individuals and employers becomes increasingly important. 

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Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

The Survey of Adult Skills measures adults’ proficiency in key information-processing skills - literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments - and gathers data on how adults use their skills at home, at work and in the wider community.

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