The U.S. will have 105.4 million mobile workers in 2020 against 96.2 million in 2015 – driven by BYOD, said IDC.
By the end of the forecast period, IDC expects mobile workers will account for 72.3 percent of the total U.S. workforce.
Affordability of smartphones and tablets combined with the acceptance of corporate bring your own device (BYOD) programs are the growth drivers for mobile workers in the U.S.
Innovations in mobile technology such as biometric readers, wearables, voice control, near-field communications (NFC), and augmented reality are increasing productivity by enhancing communications and business workflows.
In a recent IDC survey, 69.1 percent of enterprise mobility stakeholders polled saw a reduction in Opex or Capex costs as a result of implementing BYOD programs.
Office-based and non-office-based mobile worker populations will stay in relative balance to one another throughout the forecast, with non-office-based mobile workers representing more than two thirds of the total mobile worker population, said IDC.
Manufacturing, construction, retail and healthcare workers are inherently more mobile and these industries are expected to see faster growth in their mobile worker population than other vertical markets over the forecast period.
Healthcare workers represent the largest segment of the mobile workforce, accounting for 18 percent of the total U.S. mobile worker population when office-based and non-office-based healthcare workers are combined.