On Monday 24 September 2012, at the start of National Adult Literacy Awareness Week, Mr Ciaran Cannon, T.D., Minister of State for Training and Skills, launched a comprehensive study investigating the experiences of people with literacy and numeracy difficulties in the workplace. In particular, the study examines the impact that such skill gaps have on employee’s earnings, along with their effect on firms’ training expenditures.
Extensive research in other countries illustrates the importance of basic literacy and numeracy skills for an individual’s earnings. However, very little is known in Ireland about the impact that such skill gaps have on peoples’ earnings, or on the effect that literacy and numeracy difficulties might have on private sector firms’ training expenditures. This study utilised data from the Central Statistic Office’s National Employment Survey October 2006 to assess these two issues.
Literacy and numeracy difficulties in the Irish workplace: Impact on earnings and training expenditures
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