Literacy Enhances Employees’ Prospects Now and for the Future
Employees gain significant benefits when they improve their literacy skills. The LALS data reveal that workers with higher literacy skills earn more income, are less likely to be unemployed, experience greater opportunities for job mobility, are more likely to find full-time rather than part-time work, and are more likely to receive further training.
Improved Literacy Leads to Higher Earnings.
While the effect is not uniform across all skills types and levels, there is a strong
association between literacy skills and employment earnings. Employees with higher
literacy skills earned more than those with lower literacy skills. Economic theory explains
that the higher employment income reflects the higher productivity of workers with
enhanced literacy skills.
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