The total response burden for 2019 was 505 302 hours, an increase of 2.4 per cent compared to 2018. The number of reporting units increased in the same time by 2.6 per cent and resulted in 12 909 in the year 2019. The number of reporting units was kept limited in the past by several adaptations of reporting threshold. In 2010 Statistics Austria changed the reporting threshold considerably from €300 000 to €500 000; a further moderate increase (+€50 000) was initiated in the year 2013 before 2015 the threshold was changed again from €550 000 to €750 000.

Development of response burden in the years 2001-2019

The number of transactions, primarily relevant for the response burden, increased continuously over the years despite the fact that reporting thresholds were raised a couple of times. In the year 2005 a considerable jump in the number of transactions could be observed due to the enlargement of the EU by ten new member states in May 2004. In 2007 a further jump of the number of transactions was caused by the accession of Romania and Bulgaria as well as by strong economic growth.

Usage of reporting devices

100 percent of all transactions in 2019 were reported electronically - particularly by using the software IDEP which was developed for a couple of member states by a private enterprise. Small and medium enterprises, for which IDEP is not useful are offered to use a web-application developed by Statistics Austria. This web-application becomes more and more popular as the completion time needed per transaction is much lower than that using IDEP or paper. In 2019 already 17.8 per cent of all respondents reported their data by the web-application.