More than one in six IT people do not go beyond basic skills in the use of technology, according to research by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In 2019, 17 percent of people who work in IT could not handle the internet, computers and software more than average.

In the 27 member states of the European Union, that share is even 44 percent among IT professionals. It is about digital skills such as looking up information on the internet, moving files and using computers and online services.

Whether someone is digitally skilled is broken down into four categories in the CBS survey: information, computers & services, communication and software. "But I cannot explain exactly what the IT people are not good at," says Maarten Bloem of the CBS.

"It may be that an IT person is very good with software, but cannot handle terribly well with other digital skills, so that you can come to this separate outcome."

The 17 percent that is ultimately considered not to be excessively digitally skilled does not reach the threshold for the combination of the four aspects, or does pass that threshold, but does not cross it so that it can be determined that that person's skills are generally good. controlled, says Bloem.

Of all Dutch people between the ages of 16 and 74, half consider themselves digitally skilled. Of people under 25 years old, 78 percent can handle technology well. In the 25 to 54 age category it is 57 percent, while a quarter of the over-55s have more than the basic skills.