ACT Research Reports on Work Readiness

ACT has tracked the skill needs of the American workforce for more than 20 years while compiling the world’s most extensive job skills database. ACT is reporting these data to help redefine crucial skill sets, map out how American businesses can succeed, and help employees stay competitive in a global job market.

This series of reports evaluates the work readiness of the US population based on ACT’s analysis of the skill needs in America’s top jobs and industries. Each report concerns the role of skills in today’s job market and the growing importance they play in workplace success.

NEW! In The Condition of Work Readiness in the United States, ACT highlights the levels of work readiness for various subgroups of ACT WorkKeys® examinees in the United States and provides work readiness standards and benchmarks for selected groups of targeted high-demand and high-wage occupations.

In A Better Measure of Skills Gaps, ACT evaluates use of the phrase “skills gap” and proposes a methodology that uses more detailed and specific measures of skills for economic and workforce analysis.

In Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks, ACT defines “work readiness,” presents a framework for aligning education and training to current job skill requirements, and describes what individuals must achieve to secure in-demand jobs and to transition throughout their careers.