2020 scores and progress since 2018
For the index as a whole Iceland ranks 10th in the 2020 release compared to the 7th position in 2018. Despite the very good score for the skills development and skills activation pillars, the low score for the skills matching pillar places Iceland in the “middle-achieving” countries group.
For the skills development pillar, Iceland scores 9th, having the best performance in the “pre-primary pupil-to-teacher ratio” (rank 1st). It also scores good in “recent training” and “high computer skills” (rank 5th in both of them), however is in the bottom half of the ranking in all other indicators of this pillar.
For skills activation Iceland has the second-best performance. It scores 1st in the activity rate for both age cohorts, 2nd in the “recent graduates in employment” and only for the “early leavers from training” indicator it has an average performance (rank 16th).
On the contrary, for the skills matching pillar it scores 20th. Despite having the best rate for “Long term unemployment” and a very good performance for “qualification mismatch”, it lags behind in all other indicators of this pillar.