The UK (in this report referring only to England and Northern Ireland) is performing significantly below the OECD average in numeracy – with particular problems among the 16-24 age group.
Almost one in four adults in England and Northern Ireland scored at the very lowest level, compared with the OECD average of fewer than one in five. The OECD says that the UK faces a shrinking pool of skills, with young people in England ranking lower than the oldest cohort.
The International Survey of Adult Skills: Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving in Northern Ireland. 2013. Department for Employment and Learning.
The international Survey of Adult Skills: Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving in England. 2013. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.