Overview:

  • collects information on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and electronic trading by UK businesses
  • sample size of approximately 7,700 UK businesses
  • uses the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) definition of e-commerce
  • the survey has been conducted annually since 2000

The purpose of the annual E-commerce and ICT Survey of business is to measure the adoption and use of ICT and e-commerce by UK businesses.

The survey uses the OECD definition of e-commerce. This defines an e-commerce transaction as where goods or services are ordered over the internet, or other electronic networks, regardless of the payment or delivery method.

The survey is conducted on an annual basis and the results are published in the November following the end of the reference year. A sample of approximately 7,700 UK businesses are selected from the Interdepartmental Business Register (IDBR).

Eurostat, the principal user of the statistics, uses the estimates to help compare the development and use of ICT across EU member states.

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