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Consultation on Measuring the Digital Economy

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Opening date: 7 August 2014
Closing date: 30 October 2014
Department: Office for National Statistics
Category: Business and Energy, People and Places

Background

We publish a range of statistics on the digital economy. To ensure these statistics continued to meet user needs, we ran a consultation on proposed changes to these statistics. Specifically, we wanted to hear how you used the data, your preferences for future publication of the statistics, and what other statistics on the digital economy would be helpful.

We asked:

How you wanted to use the data, what your preferences were for future publication of digital economy statistics, and what other statistics on the digital economy would be helpful?

You said:

The majority of you would prefer that the estimates of adults who have ever or never used the Internet, formerly published in the Internet Access Quarterly Update, be published in a separate new bulletin in May, rather than be combined with the existing annual Internet Access – Households and Individuals release that is published in August.

The majority of you would prefer for the new annual release to contain estimates for all quarters, rather than just one quarter each year.

The majority of you would prefer the coverage of the E-commerce survey to be expanded to include businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

The majority of you would like to be part of a newly established ‘Measuring the digital economy’ user group. This group will help review and prioritise digital economy data needs across users going forward including key findings from this consultation.

We:

Will introduce a new annual bulletin to be published for the first time in May 2015, to replace the Internet Access Quarterly Update (last published in May 2014). Likely to be known as “Internet Access – users and non-users” this new bulletin will enable users to obtain the results earlier than if they were combined into the existing annual Internet Access – Households and Individuals bulletin which is published in August.

Agreed that initially the new annual Internet Access publication would include statistics for every quarter since the last Internet Access Update was published. However, we will consider in the longer term (from May 2016 onwards), whether to retain every quarterly period in the published results based on the variability of the quarterly estimates and further discussions with users as to whether this approach continues to be useful.

Will expand the coverage of the 2014 E-commerce and ICT survey (to be despatched in January 2015) to include VAT/PAYE registered businesses with fewer than 10 employees. This will be on an experimental basis and the long term viability of including these businesses beyond the 2014 survey will be assessed in 2015.

Will look at updating the indicators each time new data on the digital economy becomes available, given the indicators proposed have received a positive response.

Decided that a ‘Measuring the digital economy’ user group will be established early in 2015 to help review and prioritise digital economy data needs across users going forward. This will include reviewing needs raised in this consultation such as wider industry coverage for the E-commerce survey and the continued relevance of the ‘Monitoring e-commerce’ indicator set.

Contact details

Heather Bovill
Office for National Statistics
Room 1.362
Government Buildings
Cardiff Road
Newport
NP10 8XG

 

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