Mobile Worker Population to Reach 1.3 Billion by 2015, According to IDC
05 Jan 2012
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., January 5, 2012
– By 2015, the world's mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion,
representing 37.2% of the total workforce. According to an updated forecast
from International Data Corporation (IDC),
the most significant gains will again be in the emerging economies of
Asia/Pacific thanks to continued, strong economic growth. The Americas will
experience a slower growth rate due to a protracted economic recovery and high
rates of unemployment.
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. "Our forecast shows that the worldwide mobile worker
population will increase from just over 1 billion in 2010 to more than 1.3
billion by 2015."
the key findings from this forecast are the following:
- 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. North America
has the largest number of mobile workers in this region, with 75% of the
workforce mobile in 2010.
- 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. Much of this is due to the
sheer size of the population in China and India, combined with strong economic
expansion in both countries.
- In Europe, the Middle East and Africa
(EMEA), the mobile workforce will see a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR)
of 5.6% 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%
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.
IDC study, Worldwide Mobile Worker
Population 2011-2015 Forecast (Doc #232073), provides a worldwide
five-year mobile worker population forecast through 2015 and analysis across
three major worker categories and 13 subcategories in four regions and two countries:
The Americas, United States, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Japan and EMEA.
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