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  1. 08.06.2022 · ZEW (der/deg/mne)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Processing industries | Digitisation | Enterprise | Germany
    Diagram showing the degree of digitization in the information economy.

    When it comes to digitalisation, many firms in Germany have made quite some progress in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2022, for example, 54 per cent of firms in the information economy rated the level of digitalisation of their own products and services as high or very high, while this figure was still 38 per cent in September 2020. Meanwhile, in the manufacturing industry, the share of firms with a high or very high level of digitalisation of products and services has risen from 18 per cent in September 2020 to 37 per cent in March 2022.

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  2. 07.02.2022 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Homeoffice | Processing industries | Coronavirus
    Diagrams illustrating hybrid work models of the information economy and manufacturing.

    Many firms in Germany are planning to offer hybrid working arrangements after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, thus enabling employees to have a part-home, part-office schedule. A business survey conducted by ZEW Mannheim in December 2021 and January 2022 now provides further insights into firms’ expectations about the allocation of working hours in the long run. In both the information economy and the manufacturing industry, firms are mainly planning to offer hybrid models in which employees work from home 1-3 days per week. The share of employees who will work from home several times a week post COVID-19 is significantly higher than before the pandemic, according to the firms’ estimates.

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  3. 21.10.2021 · ZEW (der/ybr)
    Research
    Crowdworking | Digitisation | Information Services | Processing industries

    The use of crowdworking platforms by companies in Germany has risen steadily in recent years. “In 2020, 8.2 per cent of companies in the information economy and 6.1 per cent of companies in the manufacturing industry made use of crowdworking,” says Dr. Daniel Erdsiek, a researcher in the “Digital Economy” Department at ZEW Mannheim. “In addition, about one per cent of companies planned to start using crowdworking by the end of 2021.”

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  4. 04.08.2021 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Homeoffice | Coronavirus | Processing industries
    Survey shows expected home office use continues to rise.

    Soon after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies in Germany expected a long-term expansion of working from home arrangements. A ZEW survey conducted in June 2021 has confirmed the companies’ early forecasts. Some companies have even increased their expectations about the use of working from home after the pandemic ends. The survey also found that many companies, especially larger ones, have equipped their employees with digital devices over the course of the pandemic.

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