The internet, computers and electronic devices have changed every aspect of business, and the modern workplace is evidence of this.
More than 8 out of 10 Maltese employees (around 84 per cent) used computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets or other portable devices or computerised equipment at work in 2018, according to statistics agency Eurostat.
The highest proportion of workers who use computers or computerised equipment was recorded in the Netherlands (93 per cent), followed by Denmark, Sweden (both 90 per cent) and Finland (87 per cent). The lowest proportions, below half of the employed internet users, were recorded in Romania (36 per cent) and Bulgaria (47 per cent).
At the beginning of 2018, 87 per cent of people in the EU, aged between 16 and 74 years, had used internet at least once in the last twelve months.
Of those internet users that were employed, 71 per cent reported using computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets or other portable devices at work and 19 per cent used computerised equipment or machinery.
The job tasks of 16 per cent of employed internet users in the EU had changed due to new software or computerised equipment in the twelve months prior to the survey, and 29 per cent had to learn how to use new software or equipment for their job.
Almost half (47 per cent) of employed internet users in the EU assessed their skills relating to the use of computers, software or applications at work as adequate for their duties, while 18 per cent had more skills than required for the current duties and 9 per cent admitted that they needed further training.