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More micro businesses are using the internet to let people work from home or other locations, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
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The ABS classifies micro businesses as businesses with up to four employees and large businesses as businesses with 200 or more employees.
Director of the Innovation and Technology Statistics Branch at the ABS, Andrew Puljic said more than a third of micro businesses now used the internet to enable staff to work from home.
“That's an eight percentage point increase in two years,” Mr Puljic said.
“For larger businesses, more than three quarters have the facility for staff to use the internet to work from home.”
He said one in five Australian businesses had a social media presence as at 30 June 2012.
“Just over half, or 52 per cent of large businesses use social media, but when you get to micro business that drops to only 13 per cent,” he said.
“Businesses in the arts and recreation services industry were the biggest users of social media, with nearly half having a presence on social media, followed by the information media and telecommunications industry.”
Mr Puljic said four in five Australian businesses with internet access used it for financial activities including online banking, invoicing and payments, however not all businesses with internet access had a website or other web presence.
He said nearly two thirds of those businesses said they did not see the need to have a website, and one quarter reported they lacked the technical expertise to set one up.
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Edition 376, 27 August 2013