Analysis: Many adults lack basic digital skills

The European Court of Auditors complains that too little is being done in the EU for the digital skills of adults. In 2019, 44 percent of 16 to 74 year olds lacked basic digital skills. The same applies to a third of working or job-seeking adults between the ages of 25 and 64 – which affects more than 75 million people, according to an analysis presented on Tuesday. In some cases, they had not used the Internet at all in the past three months.

In comparison with the other EU countries, Germany is still doing relatively well. Even in this country, according to the information, around 24 percent of the workforce have not even used basic digital skills or the Internet in the past three months. The Netherlands and Finland are the best with around 15 percent – Romania and Bulgaria are at the bottom with well over 60 percent. The Court of Auditors emphasizes that more than 90 percent of jobs now require at least basic digital skills.

The Court of Auditors counts basic digital skills to be able to find information online, to be able to assess and evaluate it or to know which security measures are important in the digital world. The EU Commission has also set itself the goal of “increasing the proportion of citizens with basic digital skills, from 56 percent in 2019 to 70 percent in 2025,” it says.


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