PIAAC 2012 survey results for Ireland


This report presents the results for Ireland of the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills, also known as the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult competencies or PIAAC. The survey was carried out in Ireland between August 2011 and March 2012 by the Central Statistics Office on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.

PIAAC is designed to collect information about adult skills in the traditional domains of literacy and numeracy, and in the new area of problem solving skills in technology-rich environments. PIAAC builds on the work of two previous international surveys, the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the Adult Literacy and Life skills survey (ALL). Ireland participated in IALS in 1994 but not in ALL.

The survey was conducted in 241 countries under the direction and supervision of the OECD and a consortium of international institutions. The OECD has published a comprehensive international report outlining the findings of PIAAC across all participating countries (OECD 2013a - http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac/), along with a reader’s companion (OECD, 2013b) and detailed technical report (OECD, 2013c). Each element of the survey, from questionnaire design and data collection to weighting and the calculation of the final estimates was executed in accordance with the Technical Standards and Guidelines (OECD, 2011) set down by the OECD.

Ireland had the third highest response rate of participating countries at 72%, with almost 6,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 65 responding to the survey.

You can download the report here.

PIAAC 2012 survey results for Ireland.

PIAAC 2012 survey results for Ireland
Date of Publication
Monday, 22 June, 2015