A talented workforce

The Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) by the OECD measures the skills of adults between the ages of 16 to 65 in 24 countries across the world to look at how literacy, numeracy and problem solving is used at work.The results show that 18.2% of all Dutch adults attain the highest levels of proficiency in literacy while the average of all participating countries is 11.8%. Of the 24 countries that participated in the survey, the Netherlands ranked third in literacy.

The Dutch also score high in numeracy with 17% of adults scoring in the highest tiers, putting the Netherlands in the top five of numeracy proficiency. The average from other countries is 12.4%.

Excellent problem solving

The Netherlands has some of the best and the fastest internet connections in the world. It’s no wonder that the Dutch have massively adopted the internet and integrated ICT into their daily lives. This is reflected in the high percentage of scoring at Level 2 or 3 in problem solving in technology-rich environments, as investigated in the PIAAC survey, regardless of their lack of upper secondary education.

On all indicators measuring ICT skills and knowledge, the Dutch show outstanding results. All in all, the Dutch population ranks in the top 3 when it comes to the overall proficiency in problem solving in a technology rich environment.

Attractive workforce

These features contribute positively to the attractiveness of the Dutch workforce. According to the OECD, there is very little mismatch between literacy and numeracy proficiency of workers and the demands of their jobs. In fact, evidence points to their being a high level of good matches between employees’ proficiencies and job requirements.