UK internet usage reaches a new high

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have just published their Internet Access Quarterly Update 2011 Q4 pdf.

It shows internet usage by adults reaching a new high for the year of 83.5% (adults defined as 16 years old +). This is an increase of 0.6% in the quarter.

The breakdown by country (in alphabetical order!) is as follows:

England 84.3%

Northern Ireland 74.3%

Scotland 82.0%

Wales 80.2%

Looking at the movement during the year (from quarter 1) England is up by 1.1% Northern Ireland by 3.4% Scotland by 1.1% and Wales down by 0.3%. It maybe that some of these increases are seasonal.

Repeating our Regional analysis as with last quarters figures

Top 5 (previous quarter)

1=  (1) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire 87.8%

1=   (5) Inner London 87.8%

3    (10 ) Essex 86.9%

4     (6) Hampshire & the Isle of Wight 86.7%

5     (7=) Gloucestershire Wiltshire & Bristol/Bath area  86.5%

Bottom 5

33   (33) South West Scotland 79.0%

34   (34) West Midlands 78.9%

35   (32) Northumberland & Tyne & Wear 78.6%

36   (36) West Wales & the Valleys 77.8%

37   (37) Northern Ireland 74.3%

So congratulations to Essex for being the biggest mover in the quarter but we must also give a very honourable mention to the local area on entering the top tier at number 5 – all our efforts are bearing fruit! And finally we apologise to Northern Ireland for their omission last quarter.

We did last quarter have a look at world usage which you may wish to refer to where we reckoned the UK topped the world!

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