The Mobile Worker Population in the US Could Surpass 105 Million by 2020

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The mobile worker population in the US is set to reach a staggering 105.4 million by 2020, according to recent research by IDC.

The analyst firm believes that the current population of mobile workers, around 96 million, will grow significantly over the next five years, and will soon account for nearly three quarters (72.3%) of the total US workforce.

IDC defines office-based mobile workers as those whose primary workplace is an office environment, including both corporate and home locations. This category includes mobile professionals, occasionally mobile workers, mobile non-travelers, and telecommuters. Non-office-based mobile workers are those whose primary workplace is on location or based in the field, not in an office environment.

These two categories of mobile workers will stay in relative balance to one another throughout the forecast, with non-office-based mobile workers representing more than two thirds of the total mobile worker population, according to the research.

IDC have identified a number of drivers behind the growth in the US mobile worker population, including the increasing affordability of smartphones and tablets, as well as the growing acceptance of corporate bring your own device (BYOD) policies.

Furthermore, innovations in mobile technology such as biometric readers, wearable devices, voice control, NFC and the internet of things continue to empower mobile workers in completely new ways, increasing productivity by improving communications and transforming business workflows.

"Mobility has become synonymous with productivity, both inside and outside the workplace, and the mass adoption of mobile technology in the United States has cultivated an environment where workers expect to leverage mobile technology at work," said Bryan Bassett, Research Analyst, Mobile Enterprise Device Solutions at IDC. "This expectation will be supplemented by new solutions specifically intended to manage the challenges associated with the growing needs of the mobile workforce."