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More than half of UK businesses provide portable devices to employees
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Nowadays, enterprises have the possibility to provide portable devices, such as portable computers or smartphones, to members of staff which allow them to connect to the internet while on the move and work from places outside the office. In January 2012, 48% of enterprises in the EU27 reported that they provided some type of portable device to at least some of their staff for business use. This was the case for 88% of large enterprises, compared with 71% of medium and 43% of small enterprises. In the UK 56% of enterprises provide some type of portable device to part of their employees. This was the case for 93% of large enterprises, compared with 81% of medium and 51% of small enterprises.

    More than half of UK businesses provide portable devices to employees

    A closer look at the type of mobile devices provided shows almost no difference on a EU27 level, with 40% of enterprises providing portable computers and 39% other mobile devices, such as smartphones. In the UK, 45% of enterprises provide portable computers whereas 52% provide other portable devices.

    In the UK, these devices are mainly used for e-mail access - 96%. This is seconded by access to publicly available information on the internet - 86%, followed by access to modify documents - 62% and 40% to use dedicated business applications.

    The data comes from a Eurostat report and is based on the results of a survey conducted at the beginning of 2012 on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) usage and e-commerce in enterprises in the EU27 Member States, Iceland, Norway, Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with a special focus on mobile connection to the internet for business use.

     

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    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

    Last update: 11/12/2012  |Top