The public administration calculates that when the coronavirus pandemic ends, the percentage of workers who will perform their tasks remotely will be 55%, when before this situation it was 18%. In the case of micro-companies, this percentage will go from 14% to 18%, from 29% to 36% in SMEs and from 50% to 51% in large companies, according to a Vodafone study published this Wednesday.
In this fourth study on the state of digitization of Spanish companies and public administrations, it was asked for the first time about the effects of the pandemic in this area, which showed that 94% of large companies implemented teleworking, followed by 91% of public administrations, 72% of SMEs and 30% of micro-enterprises.
Asked if they were prepared to face teleworking, it is in large companies and SMEs where this perception obtains its highest percentages (87% and 84%, respectively) while in micro-companies it is 77% and in the Administration 61%. By sectors, in micro-enterprises, in wholesale trade, industry and services (47%, 43% and 42%, respectively) is where there has been more telework during the pandemic, while in SMEs it has been in services, industry and construction (82 %, 74% and 72%, respectively).
The reduction in activity has marked the reality of companies during the pandemic, standing above 53% in microenterprises and SMEs, 49% for large companies and 27% for public administrations. On the other hand, those that have had to cease their activity are 14% from micro-companies, 7% from SMEs and large companies and 2% from administrations.
To alleviate the consequences of the covid, as reflected in the report, 47% of SMEs, 46% of large companies and 30% of microenterprises made an ERTE (temporary employment regulation file). In addition, 22% of workers in large companies were forced to take vacations, 20% of those in SMEs and 7% in micro-companies.
All types of companies, as well as the Administration, coincide in citing the Covid-19 crisis as their greatest concern, followed by the general economic situation and the loss of turnover or sales and the evolution of their sector as other relevant aspects. In fact, concern and spending on digitization has fallen.
In the case of micro-enterprises, investment fell by seven points, reaching 61% of companies that claim to have invested in digitization in the last two years; In SMEs and administrations, the 2019 values are maintained with 82% and 88%, respectively, and only in the case of large companies the investment grows up to 95%.
The high cost of digitizing is the greatest barrier (21%) for its implementation in micro-enterprises, while the lack of knowledge and understanding of technologies is the greatest impediment for SMEs (24%), large companies (27%) and for the Administration (47%).
However, the general director of Vodafone Business, Daniel Jiménez, explained that the culture of digitization is going to be installed in Spain “to find out what the state of companies is” and is confident of a “very positive future in this area”. He valued European funds as a way to encourage digitization to boost the future of companies. “If the self-employed ask the European Union for help, we will have a better photo than other years,” he said.
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