Survey on ICT use by households and individuals

Purpose and brief description

This data collection from households and individuals aims to compile internationally comparable statistics and to produce national indicators of the digital divide.

Field of investigation

The survey on ICT use by households and individuals is linked to the Labour Force Survey as a special module 'ICT and Internet’. A randomly selected person in the household answers all questions on the household situation and his/her individual situation.

Data collection method and sample size

Data collection method

There have been two data collection methods for the ICT survey on households and individuals since 2009: a web application and a paper form. When the LFS survey is completed, the interviewer selects among household members a person, on the basis of their date of birth, who will have to answer the questions on ICT use. The interviewer hands over a paper form and a paid envelope as well as instructions and access codes to fill in the form through the web application. A reminder letter is sent to households which did not respond within two or three weeks after the interviewer’s visit. Until 2009, households were interviewed orally for the Labour Force Survey.

Sampling

The sample of the ICT survey on households and individuals is linked to the LFS survey. All households which have taken part to the LFS survey are asked to answer the questions on ICT use.

Response

The response rate for the ICT survey is 67% of the households which took part to the LFS survey. The response rate compared to the initial gross sample is 45%.

Periodicity

The ICT survey is organised on an annual basis.

Timing of publication

The data have to be sent to Eurostat by end October. The results are available for the general public by the end of the year.

Forms

Statistics & Figures

  • ICT use households and individuals