Response Burden - Results

Current Development

In 2018, a total of 46 994 enterprises had to report data for one or more surveys conducted by Statistics Austria. In comparison to 2017, the number of enterprises with reporting obligations decreased by 797 basically because in 2017 a quadrennial labour-cost survey was performed affecting more enterprises than the biennial survey on research and development performed in 2018.

59.7% of the enterprises with reporting obligations had reporting obligations for one survey only, 25.1% for two and 15.3% for three or more. The maximum number of reporting obligations was ten, affecting only four enterprises. The total number of enterprises with reporting obligations was 10.1% of all active enterprises. The total response burden for all compulsory surveys conducted by Statistics Austria was 732 067 hours in 2018, about 0.9% less than in 2017.

Between 2001 and 2018 the response burden for all compulsory surveys that existed already in 2001 was reduced by 18.9%. This reduction was mainly achieved by reductions in sample frames, rise in thresholds and the increasing use of administrative data and electronic reporting devices. However, since 2001 further compulsory surveys were introduced which are also considered in calculating the response burden; including these surveys the response burden still decreased by about 15% between 2001 and 2018.

Development of response burden 2001-2018

Response Burden Barometer 2001−2018


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