Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supply

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The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supply Survey measures the sale of goods and services from businesses associated with ICT industries.

The ICT Supply Survey replaced the previous Stats NZ Information Technology (IT) Survey which ran from 1993 to 2004.

The survey was run every second year until 2014.

After the survey was run in 2014 the decision was made to investigate alternative data information sources and combine any findings with work being undertaken as part of the Digital Nation Domain Plan. This work, led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and supported by Stats NZ means to identify ICT information needs, gaps and prioritise recommendations of future measures.

Due to specific data needs for NZ’s national accounts (produced by Stats NZ) the ICT Supply Survey was run again in 2017. It was reduced in size and coverage (to solely address the known user need) to cover sales of software and services only. These had been included prior to 2017, however, after 2014, ICT goods (excluding software) along with communication services and other ICT services were not included.

The 2017 survey focused on sales of published software and related services. There is currently no commitment to run this survey again.


Up until 2014, the purpose of the ICT Supply Survey was to:

• collect statistics from New Zealand businesses that are involved in producing or supplying ICT services or software

• evaluate the size of the domestic and export markets for ICT services and software

• show the changing size of ICT industries and the evolving mix and value of services over time

• measure income from the production and supply of ICT services and published software

• provide Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFKF) data for producing GDP

• provide important information for decision-makers and planners in business, government, and industry organisations.

Data is published on total, domestic and export ICT sales, totals of specific ICT goods and services, specific industry performance and perceived barriers to industry growth.

With the reduced sample survey run in 2017, the purpose of the survey changed. The purpose of the ICT Supply: Services and Software Survey 2017 was to collect key Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFKF) data for National Accounts. The data is produced by Stats NZ’s Business Performance team and handed over to National Accounts, where it is modelled into Published Software and Customised Software categories before being published (as part of the GDP release) in November 2018.

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supply

Alternate Title

ICT Supply


Business Infrastructure and Performance


Statistics New Zealand


Statistics New Zealand

Coverage Information

Temporal Coverage

  • 2006

Topical Coverage

  • ICT Goods
  • ICT Services
  • ICT Supply
  • Information and communication technology supply
  • Information technology
  • Computers
  • Industry
  • Technology
  • ICT


Main users of the data

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Usage and limitations of the data

Double counting can occur due to sale of manufactured goods to wholesalers, and sales from wholesalers to retailers.

Significant events impacting this study series

1993–2004 Information Technology (IT) Survey was run

2005 Information Technology (IT) Survey replaced with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supply Survey

2005-2008 The ICT Supply survey was run as an annual survey.

2005 question six (Q6) asked for total income and a breakdown of expenditure.

2006 Q6 just asked for total sales and services to make it more consistent with the other questions in the survey that were to be reconciled with Q6. The change also meant that respondents did not have to provide data that we did not need and it was easier for them to answer the question. Changes to Q6 is expected to have little impact on final results. All 1-way percentage questions were changed to 2-way percentage that required both an export and domestic break down that added to 100 percent. If filled out incorrectly the 1-way percentages defaulted to export sales of zero value. This is expected to have a small increase on the export figure but quantifying the effect is difficult.

2008 -2014 The ICT Supply survey a biennial survey.

2010-2012 Enterprises from three more Australia New Zealand Standard Industry Classification 2006 (ANZSIC06) codes were included in the 2012 collection to sufficiently cover the definition of ICT businesses. These codes are:

• J570000 Internet publishing and broadcasting

• J562200 Cable and other subscription broadcasting

• G422200 Computer and computer peripheral retailing.

These have been added to ensure we cover subscription and pay per view broadcasting, any businesses that are likely to grow in the Internet publication and broadcasting; space, and companies retailing ICT. There were 145 businesses added to the population from these three ANZSICs in 2012.

2017 Questionnaire reduced retained only questions related to export and domestic sales software; IT technical support services; IT design, consulting and development services; Hosting and IT infrastructure provisioning services.


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