Glossary:Community survey on ICT usage in enterprises

The Community survey on ICT usage and e-commerce in enterprises is an annual survey conducted since 2002, collecting data on the use of information and communication technology, the internet, e-government, e-business and e-commerce in enterprises.

Its main characteristics:

  • reference period: January of the reference year for most variables, the year before for e-government or e-commerce variables;
  • survey periods: from 2002 until now;
  • scope: enterprises with 10 or more persons employed in chosen activities (see below);
  • size class breakdowns:
    • small enterprises: 10–49 persons employed;
    • medium-sized enterprises: 50–249 persons employed;
    • large enterprises: 250 or more persons employed.
  • activity coverage[1] starting from 2009: enterprises classified in the NACE Rev. 2 headings:
    • Section C (manufacturing);
    • Sections D and E (electricity, gas and steam, water supply, sewerage and waste management);
    • Section F (construction);
    • Section G (wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles);
    • Section H (transportation and storage);
    • Section I (accommodation and food service activities);
    • Section J (information and communication);
    • Section L (real estate activities);
    • Divisions 69–74 (professional, scientific and technical activities);
    • Section N (administrative and support activities);
    • Group 95.1 (repair of computers) — since 2010;
    • Classes 64.19 + 64.92 + 65.1 + 65.2 + 66.12 + 66.19 (financial and insurance activities); till 2013, optional from 2011–13.

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Statistical data


  1. Activity coverage up to 2009: enterprises classified in the NACE Rev. 1.1 headings Section D (manufacturing); Section F (construction); Section G (distributive trade); Groups 55.1 and 55.2 of Section H (hotels and accommodation); Section I (transport, storage and communication); Section K (real estate, renting and business activities); Groups 92.1 and 92.2 of Section O (motion picture, video, radio and television activities).