Poor literacy skills costing Londoners thousands of pounds in earnings.

A London worker with poor literacy would have to work an extra 18 months in their lifetime to earn the same as someone with basic communication skills.

New research by Pro Bono Economics and the National Literacy Trust shows that the average 18-year-old in the Capital with “very poor” literacy skills will earn around £47,000 less over their lifetime.

PBE estimates that there are nearly seven million working age adults (aged 16-65) in the UK with “very poor” literacy, meaning they have only limited vocabulary and cannot read lengthy texts on unfamiliar topics.




Tanya Francis 24th September 2021


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