Structural Business Statistics

In 2019 the number of enterprises with reporting obligation decreased by 599 to 34 263. Total response time amounted to 58 896 hours, a decrease of 2.2 per cent compared to the burden in 2018 (60 236). In the context of the Structural Business Statistics Survey some additional questions are included in a multiannual supplementary survey – in the year 2019 enterprises of wholesale trade and selected services were asked about breakdown of turnover by product type.

Development of response burden in the years 2001 to 2019

Total response burden could be reduced from 81 237 hours in 2001 to 58 896 hours in the year 2019 implying a reduction of 27.5 per cent. By changing the sampling design for the structural business statistics survey in the year 2002 (a stratified random sample was replaced by a cut-off survey) the number of reporting units was reduced from 44 000 enterprises in 2001 to 32 000 enterprises in 2003. Additionally, for units with reporting obligations both for the short term statistics survey as well as the Structural Business Statistics survey, redundant variables were simply transferred from one survey to the other, resulting in a shortened questionnaire for these units.

Usage of reporting devices

As a result of actions taken by Statistics Austria to motivate enterprises to report on electronic reporting devices (sending login details for the electronic questionnaire to all units obliged to report) the amount of paper questionnaires returned for the Structural Business Statistics Survey could be reduced to 0.3 per cent in 2019 (in 2010 54.1 per cent of all questionnaires were completed on paper). The percentage of users of the web-questionnaire eQuest-Web rose from 43.0 per cent (2010) to 99.7 per cent in 2019 because in this year the second electronic reporting device (eQuest-PC) was shut down (the percentage of eQuest-PC users was 1.7 per cent in 2017). The increased usage of electronic reporting devices resulted in a reduced mean completion time per questionnaire.