Students should continue studying maths beyond GCSE-level, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Although the number of pupils taking A-level maths has risen by six per cent since last year, 83 per cent of people still give the subject up at the age of 16.
"Maths is useful for all areas of study and a vital part of working life, and having a solid grasp of numeracy and maths is valued by all employers," said CBI director of skills and education Susan Anderson.
The organisation is keen to see all pupils studying the subject at A-level.
In countries such as Ireland and Germany, most pupils are required to take maths until the age of 18, putting UK pupils at a disadvantage.
The number of teenagers achieving five GCSE A*-C passes increased for the 23rd consecutive time this year, with 69.1 per cent reaching this benchmark in 2010.