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People and Skills

Over the past few decades, Europe has experienced a dramatic increase in levels of educational achievements. Almost a third of its employed population now possess tertiary education, although significant country variations still exist. Reducing the number of low skilled adults remains however a challenge.

People and Skills provides evidence on the supply of skills in the EU. It offers data on qualification levels possesed by employed population. It also brings analysis on literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills of the active population, and identifies pupils’ performance in important subjects; such as reading, mathematics and science.

The People and Skills theme draws also on data that are not available for all EU Member States, such as PIAAC and PISA and, thus, the country filtering option is not relevant for all Member States.

Share of employed population by level of qualification across countries in 2015

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 


The Top 5 performing countries in literacy skills (those with the highest PIAAC score) are :

1. Finland (288)
2. Netherlands      (284)
3. Sweden (279)
4. Estonia (276)
5. Belgium (275)

The Top 5 performing countries in numeracy skills (those with highest PIAAC score) are :

1. Finland (282)
2. Belgium (280)
3. Netherlands      (280)
4. Sweden (279)
5. Denmark (278)

The Top 5 performing countries in problem-solving skills (those with highest PIAAC problem-solving score) are :

1. Finland (289)
2. Sweden (288)
3. Netherlands      (286)
4. Austria (284)
5. Denmark (283)

The Top 5 performing countries in mathematics skills (those with the smallest proportions of PISA low-achieving pupils) are:

1. Estonia (11.2%)
2. Finland (13.6%)
3. Denmark (13.6%)
4. Ireland     (15.0%)
5. Slovenia (16.1%)

The Top 5 performing countries in reading skills (those with the smallest proportions of PISA low-achieving pupils) are:

1. Ireland (10.2%)
2. Estonia (10.6%)
3. Finland (11.1%)
4. Poland (14.4%)
5. Denmark     (15.0%)

The Top 5 performing countries in science skills (those with the smallest proportions of PISA low-achieving pupils) are:

1. Estonia (8.8%)
2. Finland (11.5%)
3. Slovenia (15.0%)
4. Ireland (15.3%)
5. Denmark         (15.9%)

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Literacy skills (average score) by age group 16-65 across countries in 2012,2014

Dataset:PIAAC
Source:OECD
Indicator:Literacy average score

Measures the country average score in literacy skills.

Numeracy skills (average score) by age group 16-65 across countries in 2012,2014

Dataset:PIAAC
Source:OECD
Indicator:Numeracy average score

Measures the country average scores in numeracy skills

Problem solving skills (average score) by age group 16-65 across countries in 2012,2014

Dataset:PIAAC
Source:OECD
Indicator:Problem-solving average score

Measures the country average scores in problem solving skills

Low achieving pupils (%) in mathematics across countries in 2015

Dataset:PISA
Source:OECD
Indicator:Low achieving pupils in mathematics

Shows the proportion of  15-year-old pupils with attainment below level 2 in mathematics.

Low achieving pupils (%) in reading across countries in 2015

Dataset:PISA
Source:OECD
Indicator:Low achieving pupils in reading

Percentage of low achieving pupils shows the proportion of the 15-year-olds with attainment below level 2 in reading.

Low achieving pupils (%) in science across countries in 2015

Dataset:PISA
Source:OECD
Indicator:Low achieving pupils in science

Percentage of low achieving pupils shows the proportion of the 15-year-olds with attainment below level 2 in science.

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