OECD Study Reveals That Having Digital Skills Can Lead to More Job Opportunities

oecdA recent study by the OECD highlights that being able to access and manage information using ICT are essential skills in today’s increasingly knowledge-based economies. Higher proficiency in these skills leads to a greater likelihood of participating in the labour force, and more frequent use of ICT at work is rewarded with higher wages, even after accounting for other factors, such as age, gender, level of education, literacy and numeracy proficiency, and use of e-mail at home. Experience in using ICT has a particularly large impact on participation in the labour force and earnings in Australia, England/Northern Ireland (UK) and the United States. Since adults with no ICT experience are at considerable disadvantage in employment prospects and wages, policy makers can consider ways of ensuring that all individuals have access to ICT training.

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