Skills and Work

Skills for jobs

Changes in the demand for and supply of skills are creating skills imbalances, including shortages, surpluses and mismatches. The Skills for Jobs database provides information on the type of skills facing imbalances and their intensity.  

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Changing skill needs

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

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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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Our database spans 1990 to the present day. It covers five inter-related domains related to skills development. Further data resources incude:

Key skills publications