The world we inhabit and our professional environments are undergoing a profound alteration due to the influence of digital technologies. These technologies have a pervasive impact on various facets of our daily existence, encompassing routine activities like communication and shopping, as well as the functioning of enterprises and public services. The European Union has placed significant emphasis on digital transformation, exemplified by the Digital Decade initiative, which outlines the EU's objectives for guiding this transformation until the year 2030.
Eurostat, the European statistics agency, has recently released the 2023 digitalisation report. The report presents easily comprehensible data regarding the utilisation of information and communication technologies (ICT) and how digital technologies are employed by individuals and businesses.
According to the report, Ireland has performed above the EU average in most sections. Ireland is the 3rd highest in terms of the share of people with basic or above basic digital skills (70%). The countries scoring above Ireland were Finland and the Netherlands, both with 79%. Ireland also had the largest share of female ICT graduates, in terms of percentage of the total number of graduates in Ireland.
On the other hand, the report shows that only 23% of Irish businesses provide IT training to their staff, which is slightly above EU average (22%), but significantly behind the highest-scoring countries – in Finland, the number is 40%.