6/9/2008 10:06:00 AM
Mobile working is on the decline in the UK, says report
Fewer people are working out of the office despite the availability of technology such as dongles and wi-fi.
Mobile working is on the decline according to an independent survey of more than 1,000 UK office staff.
With fears over jobs and the economy, more workers – especially middle managers and below – are shunning mobile working, preferring to be seen in the office regardless of whether that is the best location for them to work.
Comparison research in 2007 shows that the percentage of firms claiming to offer some form of mobile working has dropped by 10% - from nearly 60% to just under 50%.
Furthermore, 13% of UK office workers said that mobile working was actively discouraged and only 10% of workers in 2008 feel that they have the freedom to work remotely as part of their day to day job.
The research, commissioned by Microsoft Windows Mobile, seeks to provide an overview of the mobility climate in British business.
The research was split between senior managers, middle managers and general employees.