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Papua New Guinea has an adult literacy rate of about 60% and English is the official language (2007). Most individuals use subsistence farming as the primary means of supporting themselves and their families, and thus only about 10% of the total labour force is in paid employment. In a 2000 labour force survey, about 2% of the population were certified professionals or senior managers. Work permits for up to three years may be obtained where no locals with adequate qualifications are available to fill a position. Basic conditions of employment are laid down in the Employment Act of 1978.