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4228.0 - Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/10/2013   
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EMPLOYED PEOPLE

There was substantial variation for employed persons aged 15 to 64 years in assessed scores in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PSTRE) by the industry in which they worked. People who worked in 'Professional, Scientific and Technical Services' had particularly high scores in literacy (78% at Level 3 or above), numeracy (70% at Level 3 or above), and PSTRE (50% at Level 2 or above). There were also high scores in all three domains for people who worked in 'Education and Training', 'Public Administration and Safety' and 'Information Media and Telecommunications'. Scores among people who worked in some other industries such as 'Manufacturing', 'Construction' and 'Administrative and Support Services' were lower. Among people who worked in Construction, 46% were assessed at Level 3 or above for literacy, 44% for numeracy, and 18% at Level 2 or above for PSTRE.

Proportion at literacy Level 3 or above, By industry—2011–12
Graph: Proportion at literacy Level 3 or above, By industry—2011–12



There was even greater variation in proficiency scores by occupation. Among 'Professionals', 83% had a literacy score at Level 3 or above, 74% a numeracy score at Level 3 or above, while 55% had a PSTRE score at Level 2 or above. High scores were also recorded by 'Managers'. Much lower scores were recorded by 'Machinery Operators and Drivers' and 'Labourers'. Scores for labourers were 38% for literacy at Level 3 or above, 32% for numeracy at Level 2 or above, and 15% for PSTRE at Level 2 or above.

Proportion at literacy Level 3 or above, By occupation—2011–12
Graph: Proportion at literacy Level 3 or above, By occupation—2011–12



People with higher scores in all three domains generally had higher income from wages and salaries. Of people employed full time who were in the highest income decile, 84% achieved a literacy Level 3 or above, compared to 40% of people in the lowest income decile. Similarly, 81% of full-time employees in the highest income decile achieved a numeracy Level 3 or above, compared to 29% of people in the lowest income decile. For PSTRE, 51% of full-time employees in the highest income decile were assessed at Level 2 or above, compared to 18% of people in the lowest income decile.

Proportion of full-time employees at literacy Level 3 or above, By weekly income deciles—2011–12
Graph: Proportion of full-time employees at literacy Level 3 or above, By weekly income deciles—2011–12


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