NZ $1.7 billion can be saved every year by New Zealand by improving the productivity of its workers with support of Information and Communication Technology, said a report commissioned by the New Zealand Computer Society. The Computer Society has produced results of a 'desktop study' that shows a potential improvement in productivity of between one and three hours a week from improving individuals' and businesses' knowledge of ICT.
These figures come from a variety of existing studies of the results of ICT education in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. On this basis, and assuming a conservative 1.7 hours a week saved over the working population that uses ICT in New Zealand, savings would be NZ$1820 per annum per worker, indicating a productivity gain of up to NZ$1.7 billion per annum for the whole country. The study claimed that increased productivity will result from high level of ICT experience that will ease the communication amongst employees and innovation for reorganisation of the business processes.