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Published: 30 November 2007

Enterprises often encounter problems in recruiting IT professionals

One-fifth of enterprises had IT professionals as members of their own staff in spring 2007. During the previous year, nearly one enterprise in ten had recruited or tried to recruit IT professionals. Of those who had recruited or tried to recruit IT professionals, 44 per cent had had a vacant IT professional position which had been difficult to fill. Eighty-one per cent of these enterprises stated the lack or insufficient number of competent applicants as the reason for the difficulty, 45 per cent stated lack of work experience in the IT field and 37 per cent excessively high requested salary. These data derive from a survey conducted in spring 2007 and concern enterprises with at least five employees.

Already 86 per cent of enterprises connected via broadband

In spring 2007, 86 per cent of enterprises had broadband access. The penetration of broadband access has continued especially among small enterprises. Since 2002, the number of broadband connections has gone up by 47 percentage points.

The transmission speeds of enterprises' broadband connections are usually quite high. Of the enterprises connected via broadband, 54 per cent had a transmission speed of at least 2 Mbps, while 19 per cent had a transmission speed of at least 8 Mbps.

Broadband in enterprises 2002-2007, proportion of enterprises in different size classes

All connections with a transmision speed of at least 256 kbps have been counted as broadband.

Value of Internet sales grew but not the number of sellers

Eleven per cent of enterprises engaged in Internet sales in 2006. The proportion was unchanged from the year before. The value of Internet sales was roughly EUR 14 billion in 2006, most of which was generated in business-to-business trade. Direct sales to customers made up 17 per cent of the value of Internet sales.

Source: Use of information technology in enterprises 2007. Statistics Finland. (Due for publication on 19 December).

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Last updated 30.11.2007

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Use of information technology in enterprises [e-publication].
ISSN=2489-3234. 2007. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 26.6.2022].
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