Businesses equipping workers with mobile devices

Thursday 27 December 2012

More than half of all UK employers are equipping their employees with mobile devices, it has been reported.

According to research conducted by Eurostat, 56 per cent of employers are issuing laptops, smartphones or tablets to employees.

This is some way down on the 78 per cent of businesses in Finland which hand out mobile devices to employees.

However, employers in the UK are more likely to provide the most portable types of mobile connected devices - smartphones and tablets.

Some 52 per cent of firms with a mobility offering choose to give these to employees, compared to 45 per cent for laptops.

And this may help small business employees work more effectively on the move.

Laptops, while portable, are larger, heavier devices which occupy more space. In some cases, they may also require a mains power connection.

Research conducted by Roambi indicated that employees consider mobile solutions to be the most important productivity tools.

Some 40 per cent of respondents said laptops were most useful in this respect, compared to 30 per cent who cited tablets and 26.5 per cent who said smartphones.

Posted by Alex Boardman