Response Burden - Results

Current Development

In 2019, a total of 48 716 enterprises had to report data for one or more surveys conducted by Statistics Austria. In comparison to 2018, the number of enterprises with reporting obligations increased by 1 720 basically because in 2019 a quadrennial structure of earnings survey was performed affecting more enterprises than the biennial survey on research and development performed in 2018.

56.8% of the enterprises with reporting obligations had reporting obligations for one survey only, 24.7% for two and 18.5% for three or more. The maximum number of reporting obligations was ten, affecting only five enterprises. The total number of enterprises with reporting obligations was 10.5% of all active enterprises. The total response burden for all compulsory surveys conducted by Statistics Austria was 760 350 hours in 2019, about 3.9% more than in 2018.

Between 2001 and 2019 the response burden for all compulsory surveys that existed already in 2001 was reduced by 17.5%. 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 11.7% between 2001 and 2019.

Development of response burden 2001-2019

Response Burden Barometer 2001−2018

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