World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
The share of individuals with digital skills is increasing
In 2019, 31% of 16–74-year-olds had above basic digital skills, 24% basic, 28% low and 17% no digital skills. 30% of the unemployed and 6% of the employees and self-employed had no digital skills.
Progress in achieving the various sustainable development goals is also measured with the share of households with Internet access and with the prevalence of Internet usage for various activities. These two, namely access to and the use of the Internet, make it possible to participate in the digital society.
In the first quarter of 2019, 89% of households with at least one member aged 16–74 years had access to the Internet. As regards the cohesion regions, 87% of households in Vzhodna Slovenija and 92% of households in Zahodna Slovenija had Internet access. 83% of individuals aged 16–74 years used the Internet regularly; 80% in Vzhodna Slovenija and 87% in Zahodna Slovenija. Regular usage of the Internet was the lowest among the elderly, i.e. among 55–64-year-olds (70%) and 65–74-year-olds (47%).
Less than a fifth of individuals aged 16–74 years without digital skills
There are four groups of digital skills: information skills, communication skills, problem-solving skills, and software usage skills. The degree of mastery or the development of each group of digital skills is measured by the usage or the implementation of individual activity within each group of digital skills by individuals. The degree of mastery is expressed by four descriptive assessments: above basic (digital skills), basic (digital skills), low (digital skills), none (digital skills).
In 2019, 31% of 16–74 year-olds in Slovenia had above basic digital skills (30% in 2017), 24% basic (the same as in 2017), 28% low (24% in 2017) and 17% no digital skills (22% in 2017). The data for the EU-28 average show that 33% had above basic digitals skills, 25% basic, 28% low and 14% no digital skills.
The share of individuals without digitals kills in Slovenia is decreasing. No digital skills had 54% of 65–74-year-olds (61% in 2017), 32% of 55–64-year-olds (44% in 2017), 10% of 45–54-year-olds (18% in 2017), 5% of 35–44-year-olds (the same as in 2017), 2% of 25–34-year-olds and 1% of 16–24-year-olds.
With the digitalization of the economy, digital skills are crucial in professional life. 38% of the employees and self-employed had above basic digital skills (in EU-28: 40%), 31% basic (in EU-28: 28%), 25% low (in EU-28: 26%) and 6% no digital skills, which is the same as in the EU-28.
Among the unemployed, 11% had above basic digital skills (in EU-28: 22%), 23% basic (in EU-28: 24%), 36% low (in EU-28: 35%) and 30% no digital skills (in EU-28: 19%).
To what extent do individuals aged 16–74 master individual digital skills and which activities are included in each group of skills?
Information skills enable identification, localization, retrieval, storage and analysis of digital information and judging its relevance and purpose.
More than a third of the unemployed without communication skills
Communication skills had 90% of the employees and self-employed (in EU-28: 91%) and 62% of the unemployed (in EU-28: 77%).
Less than a third of 16–74-year-olds without problem-solving skills
Problem-solving skills enable solution of technical, conceptual problems through digital means, creative use of digital tools or knowledge of web services.
Problem-solving skills had 85% of the employees and self-employed (in EU-28: 88%) and 58% of the unemployed (in EU-28: 68%).
Almost two thirds of the unemployed without software skills