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International organisation and outsourcing

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International organisation and outsourcing

This survey uncovers important trends in globalization concerning the enterprises global organization and the extent of international sourcing of business functions for the period 2014-2016. Also the statistics describes motives and barriers to international outsourcing, and the types of functions and number of jobs having been moved to Denmark as a result of changes in the international organization of enterprises. Also covered is the organization of business functions in Denmark and the national outsourcing. The statistics has been collected also for the periods 2009-2011 and 2001-2006. The survey is part of an international survey co-financed by Eurostat, the statistical office of EU.

Statistical presentation

The survey on international sourcing has been carried out three times since 2007. The purpose of the survey is to establish data on the engagement of enterprises in global value chains and international outsourcing. Besides questions on international sourcing, the survey also includes questions on the distribution of employed persons on different business functions, motives and barriers concerning international sourcing and relocation of activities from abroad to Denmark.

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Statistical processing

Data for this statistics are collected via questionnaires from a population of app. 3,200 respondents. The responses are checked electronically as well as manually. Missing values are imputed.

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The purpose of the statistics is to shed light on the international outsourcing of business functions from Danish enterprises, and to measure the number of jobs being outsourced. The primary target groups of the statistics are ministries, researchers and business organizations, who need information on the influence and importance of globalization on the Danish business sector. The statistics can be used for research project and analyses where outsourcing is an issue.

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Accuracy and reliability

The statistics is estimated to have a high degree of precision for the main variables.

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Timeliness and punctuality

These statistics are published app. 11 months after the end of the reference period. Publications are released on time, as stated in the release calendar.

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Data from the survey may be compared to the data collected in the surveys from 2007 and 2012. Furthermore it will be possible to compare the results of the Danish survey to those from a range of EU-countries carrying out a comparable survey during 2018. Data may also be compared to data from statistics on Accounts for non-agricultural industries and General enterprise statistics, for the activities and size-classes which are covered.

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Accessibility and clarity

These statistics are published yearly in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under Outsourcing. Furthermore data can be made available to researchers.

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