Key competencies of adults


17.1 %


15.9 %

Problem-solving in technology-rich environments

15.5 %


PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) is an ongoing international study of key competencies (literacy, numeracy and adaptive problem solving) that are important for adults aged 16 to 65 to actively participate in daily social life.

This study is organized by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and conducted in Austria by Statistics Austria on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Federal Ministry of Labor.

The PIAAC study is designed in 10-year cycles, with a PIAAC cycle consisting of a field test and a main survey. The field test of the first PIAAC cycle took place in 2010 and the subsequent main survey in 2011/12. The field test of the second PIAAC cycle was conducted in 2021 and currently the main survey for 2022/23 is in preparation.

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The three PIAAC key competencies of literacy, numeracy and adaptive problem solving in the context of new technologies in an international comparison of the first round of participants (16- to 65-year-olds: total PIAAC population) (table)

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, PIAAC 2011/12. Compiled on 07.10.2013.

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