BRUSSELS, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The European Union's (EU) 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) released on Tuesday showed that 11 percent of the EU population have never been online.
Around 83 percent of Europeans surf the internet at least once per week, up from 75 percent in 2014, according to the report.
Meanwhile, the report revealed that businesses are becoming more digital, but e-commerce is growing slowly. Overall, the top EU performers in this domain are Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, while Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Poland need to catch up.
An increasing number of companies use cloud services, from 18 percent to 11 percent in 2014, and social media to engage with their customers and other stakeholders, 21 percent compared to 15 percent in 2013, said the report.
However, the number of SMEs who sell their goods and services online has stagnated over the past few years at 17 percent.
In another development, the report finds that there is an increased demand for advanced digital skills across the economy, with employment of Information and Communication Technology specialists growing by 2 million over the last five years in the EU.
But more than one third of Europeans in the active labour force do not have basic digital skills, even though most jobs require at least basic digital skills, and only 31 percent possess advanced internet user skills.
The annual Digital Economy and Society Index measures the progress of EU Member States towards a digital economy and society, mainly on the basis of Eurostat data. It helps EU Member States identify areas requiring priority investment and action.