Research and analysis

Adult skills international survey 2012: young adults

Compares the performance of young adults in England against top performing countries in the Survey of Adult Skills. BIS research paper 181.



This report concentrates on the performance of young people in England compared with top performing countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) recent international Survey of Adult Skills. England’s performance was like the OECD average in literacy and below the OECD average in numeracy. The performance of young people, aged 16 to 24 was identified as being of particular concern when comparisons were made internationally. Re-examination and further analysis of the data from the England national report and the OECD’s international report from the Survey of Adult Skills offers some explanation for this relative poor performance.

See the Adult Skills Survey collection page for related reports.