International Data Corp. Canada (IDC Canada) explores the nature of Canada’s mobile workforce in a new report released today.
The report defines the various types of mobile worker and breaks down population and shares for 2012, which currently applies to 68.9% of employed Canadians. IDC expects this number to rise to 73% by 2016.
The research firm contends that ever-increasing commute times, a growing desire for work-life balance, the proliferation of mobile devices and cloud computing, as well as the overall improvement in network speeds all serve to contribute to Canada's burgeoning mobile workforce.
Key highlights from the 2012 forecast include the following:
* Office-based mobile workers represent the largest segment. Upwards of 52.5% of employed mobile workers in Canada are office-based, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 2.4% over the forecast period.
* Employed Americans are more mobile than Canadian workers. This gap will narrow significantly by 2016, according to IDC.
* Small companies are more likely to employ mobile workers. As a result, they will need scalable and affordable solutions for dealing with a more mobile workforce, whether that is the hardware or software solutions surrounding the devices and the employee.
"With the growth of tablets and smartphones, improved network connectivity, and employee demand for greater work-life balance, Canadians are increasingly empowered with the tools to enable productive mobile work,” said Krista Napier, a senior analyst with IDC.