Almost all businesses in Malta employing 10 or more people (98.1%) used the internet last year, according to statistics released by the National Statistics Office.

The ONS said businesses in all economic activities and size classes surveyed recorded high levels of internet use.

A total of 68,608 employees used the Internet for work purposes and 39,650 employees also access the Internet through a mobile device provided by their employer.

Remote access to corporate systems and security measures

A total of 86.8% of companies provided remote access to their employees. Nearly nine out of 10 companies allowed remote access to the organization’s email system, while seven out of 10 provided employees with access to documents.

This increase in remote access has increased companies’ exposure to ICT-related security incidents.

To counter such incidents, 93.2% of companies have implemented some form of ICT security measures on their own systems. The most common were authentication via strong passwords (87.9%) as well as creating data backups in separate locations (82.2%).

Online sales

The national share of enterprises selling through e-commerce was nine percentage points higher than the EU-27 average. In this regard, the number of companies making sales through e-commerce increased by 2.9 percentage points compared to 2021 levels.

In 2022, the total turnover generated by online sales amounted to 2.2 billion euros. This is an increase of 7.1% over the previous year. Also in 2022, 81.8% of the total revenue generated by online e-commerce sales was made through the company’s website or applications.

ICT specialists

In total, 33.5% of companies employed ICT specialists. Large firms were more likely to employ ICT specialists, and the share among those with 250 or more employees was 84.4%.

The number of enterprises providing ICT specialists with additional ICT-related training stood at 18.3%, with large enterprises having a higher prevalence of ICT-related training than small units.

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