Survey: Mobile Worker Segment to Grow in Coming Years

October 12, 2005 ( - More than a quarter of the global workforce should have full mobile work capabilities by 2009, a new study has concluded.

A news release from IDC, a Framingham, Massachusetts-based technology consulting firm, said that the United States had the highest percentage of mobile workers in its workforce in 2004, and is expected to reach over a 70% mobile workforce level by 2009. IDC expects the mobile worker population to increase from more than 650 million worldwide in 2004, to more than 850 million in 2009, representing more than one-quarter of the global workforce.

The consulting firm classifies the mobile worker population into three core categories; office-based mobile workers, non-office-based mobile workers, and home-based mobile workers.

“Organizations deploying mobile solutions and suppliers delivering mobile solutions to customers should focus on emerging regions where mobility is taking off, especially in areas where mobile enterprise deployments may leap-frog much of the traditional wire-based technology,” said Stephen Drake, program director for IDC’s Mobile Software service, in the news release.

The study, Worldwide Mobile Worker Population Forecast and Analysis 2005-2009 (IDC #34124), presents a five-year mobile worker population forecast through 2009 and analysis across three major worker categories and 13 subcategories in five regions – United States, Western Europe, Asia Pacific, Japan and Rest Of World.

To purchase this document, call IDC’s Sales hotline at 508-988-7988 or email .