Mobile workers to smash 1 billion mark by 2015

Jennifer Scott News
6 Jan, 2012

IDC claims the number of mobile workers will ramp up to 1.3 billion over the next three years.

The number of mobile workers across the globe is set to explode over the next three years, according to new research.

IDC claimed this week the number worldwide will reach 1.3 billion by 2015, with 244.6 million in Europe alone.

Virtual Clouds spoke to the head of the research project, Stacy K. Crook – senior research analyst for mobile enterprise at IDC – and she did admit ‘mobile workers’ was a broad term, covering those who work 100 per cent remotely and those who use mobile technologies on a part time basis. However, the numbers still show how the trend is taking hold in the industry.   

Yet some regions will see the ramping up of mobile workers more than others. The economic growth in the “emerging economies” of Asia Pacific countries will lead to a higher number of mobile workers, somewhere in the region of 838.7 million by 2015, according to IDC.

However, when putting the US, Canada and Latin America together, Crook only expects the numbers to go from 2010’s figure of 182.5 million to 212.1 million in three years time.

“Since the entire workforce of these regions went down due to economic crisis, the mobile workforce (as a part of the broader workforce) was reduced as well,” she told us.

“We do believe that there were more opportunities for alternative work scenarios as a result of this, but it wasn't drastic enough to offset the fact that the entire workforce was reduced during that time.”

The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region will see somewhat modest growth, but higher than the numbers across the Atlantic. IDC predicts a rise from 186.2 million in 2010 to the aforementioned 244.6 million figure.  

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