63% of the Austrian enterprises set innovation activities
55.2% of all enterprises have introduced new or improved business processes. The most frequent business process innovation was the introduction of new or improved methods for information processing or communication.
15% of all enterprises received public funding for innovation
An estimated 14.9% of total turnover 2018 was achieved by product innovations, which represents a slight increase since 2016 (12.6%; see table 2). In 2018, innovation expenditures of the observed enterprises amounted to around €9.8 bn, which is 2.1% of total turnover (2016: 2.2%).
11.5% of all enterprises have received innovation funding from the federal state between 2016 and 2018, 8.2% from regional governments ("Bundesländer"), around 5% from the EU. Altogether, 15.4% of all enterprises received funding for innovation from a public institution. Large enterprises with 250 and more employed persons benefitted more often from public support (43.5%) than medium-sized enterprises (26.4%) and small businesses (11.2%).
Lack of qualified employees biggest hampering factor for innovation
For 20.1% of all enterprises, the lack of qualified employees was an obstacle to innovation, which was judged to be "of high importance" according to their own assessment. For 18.6%, "other priorities within the enterprise" were a barrier to innovation activities. 14.3% considered too high innovation costs to be a major obstacle and 12.6% mentioned too much competition in their market (see table 3).
Innovative enterprises tend to identify greater obstacles to innovation than non-innovators. For 23.5% of all enterprises with innovation activities, the lack of qualified employees is a hampering factor of high importance, whereas this applies to only 14.4% of the non-innovators.
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on methods, definitions: Data originate from the weighted results
of the Community Innovation Survey (CIS 2018) which was carried out
by Statistics Austria on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Digital and
Economic Affairs (BMDW). It was a sample survey with voluntary participation,
for which data from 2 800 enterprises with ten or more employed persons
could be used. The industries surveyed were: Mining and quarrying; manufacturing;
electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; water supply, waste
management; wholesale trade; transportation and storage; information
and communication; financial and insurance services; architectural and
engineering activities; scientific research and development; advertising
and market research.
An innovation is a new or improved good, service or process that differs significantly from the enterprise's previous products or processes and that has been made available on the market or brought into use by the enterprise.
A product innovation is the introduction of a new or improved good or a new or improved service. A business process innovation is the introduction of a new or improved business process that differs significantly from the business processes that were previously used.
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