Literacy and numeracy demands and usage in the workplace


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Author: Higgins, Tom


This research focuses on the demand for and use of literacy and numeracy skills in low paid work. The motivation for the research is to examine the assumption, widely espoused by policy makers, that literacy and numeracy skills are vital at all levels of the labour market and that deficiencies in these skills are the source of widespread economic problems. The primary aim of this study is to understand the extent to which employees in low paid occupations use literacy and numeracy skills in their work. Alongside this, the research considers the extent of mismatch between the skills of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Literacy; Numeracy; Employment; Skills and knowledge; Research; Policy

Keywords: Workplace; Low skilled worker; Skill needs; Skills mismatch; Skill analysis; Job requirements; Case study; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: England; Wales; Great Britain; Europe

Published: Cardiff, Wales: Cardiff University, 2016

Physical description: ix, 272 p.

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On cover: This thesis is submitted to Cardiff University in fulfilment of the degree Doctor of Philosophy, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, May 2016

Resource type: Thesis

Document number: TD/TNC 128.672

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