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Indicator 17.8.1 Proportion of individuals using the Internet

Percentage of adults who have used the internet in the last three months


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Headline data

Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: 1. The period January to March is being used to report annual data. 2. Percentages sum to less than 100 due to 'don't know' responses. 3. Figures for the lower geographic areas are based on small sample sizes and are therefore subject to a greater degree of sampling variability, so should be treated with caution.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Percentage of adults who have used the internet in the last three months

Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Internet users are defined as adults (aged 16 and over) who have used the internet within the last 3 months.

Available disaggregations

Calculated figures are provided in the source data.

Other information

'Equality Act Disabled' refers to those who self-assess that they have a disability in line with the Equality Act definition of disability. A number of respondents who chose not to declare whether they had a disability have been included within the category 'Not Equality Act Disabled'.

Employment status categories are based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standard definitions of employment, unemployment and economic activity and inactivity. Inactive refers to looking after family, a disability or other reasons for being economically inactive.

The lower geographic areas are based on the NUTS Classification - level 3. The NUTS Classification is a hierarchical system dividing up economic territory of the EU for the purpose of regional statistics.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of individuals using the Internet

Target name

Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

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Office for National Statistics (ONS)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date


Next release

To be announced

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

Other information

Data Acquired from the Labour Force Survey - Tables 1b-4b and 6b-7b.