Asia Pacific will have more mobile worker population by 2015

By 2015, the world’s mobile worker population will reach
1.3 billion, representing 37.2 percent of the total workforce, according to

The Americas will experience a slower growth rate due to
a protracted economic recovery and high rates of unemployment, says the study.
The Americas region, which includes the United States, Canada, and Latin
America, will see the number of mobile workers grow from 182.5 million in 2010
to 212.1 million in 2015.

According to an updated forecast from IDC, the most
significant gains will again be in the emerging economies of Asia/Pacific
thanks to continued, strong economic growth.

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) will see the largest
increase in total number of mobile workers with 601.7 million mobile workers in
2010 and 838.7 million in 2015.

The study also found that in Europe and the Middle East
and Africa (EMEA), the mobile workforce will see a healthy compound annual
growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6 percent as it expands from 186.2 million in 2010 to
244.6 million mobile workers in 2015.

Japan will see a declining CAGR of 0.2 percent because of
its declining population base. However, the share of mobile workers will reach
a penetration rate of 64.8% of its workforce by 2015, for a total of 38.6
million mobile workers, study says.

“Despite recent market turmoil, mobility continues
to be a critical part of the global workforce and we expect to see healthy
growth in the number of mobile workers,” said Stacy Crook, senior
research analyst for IDC’s Mobile Enterprise Research program.

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