The International Survey of Adult Skills 2012: Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in Northern Ireland (2012) -
Ireland participated in the International Adult Literacy Survey in 1996 together with the rest of the UK. That survey revealed the low level of skills among the Northern Irish population which led the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) to launch the Essential Skills for Living strategy and action plan in April 2002. Thus far the Department has marked the progress of their strategy by accounting for the number of qualifications taken under their new Qualifications routes for Literacy and Numeracy, however unlike England and Wales they have not conducted systematic Surveys of the adult population. Hence, the 2013 PIAAC results are the first to measure skill levels since the 90s. Unfortunately the IALS report did not measure Numeracy per-se, instead focusing on older notion of "quantitative literacies". It is thus impossible to get a sense of the change in numeracy levels since the 90s.