The OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) have launched a survey to research the influence of workers ICT-skills on the employment rate and income. The report ‘Adults, Computers and Problem Solving – What’s the Problem?’ was presented on 23rd of June 2015.
New technology, old workers
The study shows that only one out of three adults has high ICT-skills. More than 20% of all adults have basically no ICT skills, and among the age group of 55-65 every second fails to perform the most basic ICT-tasks.
The researchers also found a key factor, which strikingly influences the proficiency in solving problems in ICT-usage: the literacy skills. The better people are able to read, the higher were their test scores on ICT-skills.
Turning emails into money
People who are lacking basic computer skills are about 20% more likely to be unemployed compared to those with ICT-skills. But the results are also observable on the paychecks of workers: being able to solve basic ICT problems results in a 6% higher wage, compared to those without any ICT-skills.
The same applies for workers who are writing emails in their jobs. Workers who are writing emails in their jobs have a 9% higher income than those who are just writing emails infrequently.
Text: Felix MeyerPhotos: OECD