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59% of firms conducted remote meetings in 2022

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A share of 59% of enterprises with 10 or more employees or self-employed in Cyprus conducted remote meetings online in 2022, above the EU average (50%), according to Eurostat.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed work models and led many enterprises to turn to virtual meetings to bridge the physical distance and maintain their businesses.

Data also shows that teleworking tools, in general, were widespread in Cyprus and the EU after COVID-19 but varied between states.

The largest shares were registered in Sweden (79.4%) and Finland (78.5%), followed by Denmark (78.0%), Malta (68.3%) and Ireland (63.6%).

On the opposite side of the scale, the lowest shares were in Bulgaria (28.2%), Hungary (29.4%), Romania (31.2%), Greece (32.9%) and Slovakia (35.2%).

Larger companies tended to be the ones to make it possible for employees to work remotely by giving them access to three types of enterprise resources:  the email system, documents and business applications or software of the enterprise.

And 59.4% of enterprises in Cyprus (57% in the EU) offered their employees all three types of remote access.

Regarding the size of the enterprises, 84.2% of large enterprises in Cyprus and 91% in the EU (250 or more employees or self-employed) offered all three types of remote access to their employees.

It was 72.4% of medium enterprises in Cyprus and 77.2% in the EU (from 50 to 249 employees) and 56.9% of small enterprises, and 52.4% in the EU (from 10 to 49 employees).

Large enterprises led in all types of remote access.

Almost all large enterprises offered remote access to the email system of the enterprise (97% in Cyprus, 97.2% in the EU).

A clear majority of enterprises in Cyprus and the EU also offered remote access to documents of the enterprise (files, spreadsheets, presentations, charts, photos) (86.4% in Cyprus, 94% in the EU) and business applications or software (accounting, sales, orders, Customer Relationship Management (CRM)systems) (89.8% in Cyprus, 92.4% in the EU).

As for medium enterprises, 91.8% in Cyprus and 90.9% in the EU gave their employees remote access to the email system, 80.6% and 83.0% in the EU gave access to the documents of the enterprise and 77.5% in Cyprus, and 80.4% in the EU gave access to the business applications or software of the enterprise.

Smaller companies provided remote access to a lesser extent since 79.5% of them in Cyprus and 74.8% in the EU gave their employees remote access to email.

Of all small enterprises, 66.5% in Cyprus and 60.9% in the EU gave access to documents, and 62.4% and 57.5% in the EU gave access to business applications or software of the company.