1 in 5 young pupils are not achieving baseline standards in reading, literacy and mathematics



Low levels of literacy and numeracy are major barriers to labour market integration and growth. High literacy and numeracy skills not only lead to personal, social and economic well-being, but also are “key” information processing competences and some of the most fundamental skills for a job. Individuals with low level literacy and numeracy skills also tend to have low level vocational skills and normally work in low-skilled jobs. These individuals will likely find it increasingly difficult to compete in the labour market because the number of jobs and occupations requiring low-level skills and qualifications is shrinking. Raising literacy and numeracy skills needs to be developed across all levels and types of education with the potential to deliver individual, social and economic rewards.


Skills Panorama provides the data, indicators and statistics that guide education and employment policies about work skills.