According to a new study from IDC, the world’s mobile worker population will pass the one billion mark this year, and eventually hit 1.2 billion by 2013. Without further ado, here are the key findings from the forecast:
- The United States has the highest percentage of mobile workers in its workforce, with 72.2% of the workforce mobile in 2008. The U.S. will remain the most highly concentrated market for mobile workers with 75.5% of the workforce, or 119.7 million workers, being mobile in 2013.
- Asia/Pacific excluding Japan represents the largest total number of mobile workers throughout the forecast, with 546.4 million mobile workers in 2008 growing to 734.5 million or 37.4% of the total workforce in 2013. At the end of the forecast, 62% of the world’s mobile workforce will be based in the region.
- Western Europe’s mobile workforce will enjoy a CAGR of 6% to reach 129.5 million mobile workers (50.3% of the workforce) in 2013, surpassing the total number of mobile workers in the United States.
- Japan’s mobile worker population will total 49.3 million in 2013 or 74.5% of the total workforce.
- The rest of the world which includes Canada; emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Latin America will see its mobile worker population grow to 153.2 million by 2013.
And you can get additional details from IDC’s website.