During recent weeks, more and more services have moved online due to government restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have had to cease operations and schools have closed in most EU Member states, forcing schools to move lessons online. With the current circumstances, one might wonder, do the individuals living in households with children have the necessary digital skills to access these services online?
In the European Union (EU) in 2019, almost two-thirds of individuals (64%) aged 16 to 74 living in a household with children under 16 years old had basic or above basic digital skills. This was one percentage point (pp) higher than 2017 (63%) and up by 3 pp from 2015 (61%). In contrast, 28% of individuals living in a household with children aged 0-16, reported that they had low overall digital skills.
The share of individuals living in a household without children with basic or above basic digital skills was by 11 pp lower (53%) compared to those living with children (64%).
Data source: isoc_sk_dskl_i
Among EU Member States, Finland had the highest share of individuals aged 16 to 74 living in a household with children under 16 years’ old who reported that they had basic or above basic overall digital skills (88%), followed by the Netherlands (83%), Sweden* (81%), Germany and Estonia (both 80%).
By contrast, the lowest shares were observed in Bulgaria (32%), Romania (34%), Italy (45%), Cyprus (54%) and Poland (55%).
* low reliability
For more information: Eurostat has recently published 2019 data for the Community survey on ICT usage in European households and enterprises; the full data set from the survey is available here.
- The European Union (EU) includes 27 EU Member States. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Further information is published here.
- The basic or above basic overall digital skills represent the two highest levels of the overall digital skills indicator, which is a composite indicator based on selected activities performed by individuals aged 16-74 on the internet in the four specific areas (information, communication, problem solving, software). It is assumed that individuals having performed certain activities have the corresponding skills; therefore the indicator can be considered as a proxy of the digital competences and skills of individuals.
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