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Research and Development (R&D) Expenditure and R&D Personnel
2016  
2017  
R&D expenditure (HK$ million)   
   By performing sector
      R&D expenditure in the business sector (HK$ million)
8,528.1  
9,412.3  
      R&D expenditure in the higher education sector (HK$ million)
      R&D expenditure in the government sector (HK$ million)
914.1  
1,031.0  
   By source of funds
      R&D expenditure financed by the business sector (HK$ million)
9,641.3  
      R&D expenditure financed by the government sector (HK$ million)
9,298.4  
9,697.2  
      R&D expenditure financed by the parties outside Hong Kong and
      other local parties (HK$ million)
773.5  
942.7  
R&D expenditure as a ratio to GDP (%)
0.79 @
0.80 @
   R&D expenditure in the business sector as a ratio to GDP (%)
0.34 @
0.35 @
   R&D expenditure in the higher education sector as a ratio to GDP (%)
0.41 @
0.41 @
   R&D expenditure in the government sector as a ratio to GDP (%)
0.04 @
0.04 @
R&D personnel (in full-time equivalent)   
29 047  
29 846  
   R&D personnel in the business sector (in full-time equivalent)
12 318  
12 792  
   R&D personnel in the higher education sector (in full-time equivalent)
15 899  
16 146  
   R&D personnel in the government sector (in full-time equivalent)
830  
908  
Use of Information Technology by Households
2017  
2018  
Proportion of Households with access to the Internet at home (1) (%)
-  
92.3  
Proportion of households with personal computer at home (%)
80.9  
75.3  
Proportion of households with personal computer at home connected to the Internet (%)
80.2  
75.1  
(1) Figure is available from 2018 onwards.
Use of Information Technology by Businesses
2015  
2017  
Proportion of business establishments using computers (%)
76.3  
79.6  
Proportion of business establishments using the Internet (%)
79.9  
87.7  
Proportion of business establishments with a web presence (1)(%)
32.6  
33.6  
(1) Web presence refers to the situation whereby an establishment has a website/webpage or presence on another entity’s website (including the website of a related business). Inclusion in an online directory and any other web pages where the establishment does not have substantial control over the content of the webpage are excluded.
@ Figures are subject to revision later on.

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Hong Kong as a Knowledge-based Economy - A Statistical Perspective 6 Sep 2019 -
Hong Kong as an Information Society 28 Jun 2019 -
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Hong Kong Innovation Activities Statistics 31 Dec 2018 -
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