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The BIBB carried out the company survey in 2018 in the context of its company panel on training and development of skills (BIBB qualification panel) . Around 3,500 businesses were surveyed on the connection between company support for skills and the use of technology. The most important results from this were:

1) In businesses with a high level of digitization, the training rate is 92%, in businesses with a low level of digitization it is just 58%.
2) Companies that provide training show a higher level of digitization than companies that do not on average.
3) Flexible forms of work increase as the level of digitization goes up. On average, 55% of all companies had a flexitime arrangement, for those with a high level of digitization that figure was 62%. Home office arrangements are available in 38% of businesses with a high level of digitization, but in only 18% of businesses with a low level of digitization.

According to BIBB president Friedrich Hubert Esser, the figures show that new opportunities for personnel planning and development have resulted from the digitization of companies – and on the other side of the same coin, the potential for better reconciliation of career and family and a better work-life balance has come about for employees.