Just one in 25 companies in the UK has adopted a full BYOD policy, research has claimed.
A study of more than 650 companies across the UK and US from industry body CompTIA found that just four per cent of firms on this side of the pond have implemented a fully BYOD strategy. More than half of respondents indicated that they still control the deployment and use of all mobile devices across their business. Among the companies that do equip their workforce with mobile devices, some 87 per cent provide laptops, with smartphones on 85 per cent and tablets on 63 per cent.
Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA, said: "The new norm is quickly becoming one employee, three devices. PCs, smartphones and tablets will all remain major components in the workplace for some time."
Some 28 per cent of UK firms currently have official mobility policies in place, with 31 per cent working towards implementing them. About one in four have nothing more formal than some best-practice advice for staff, while 16 per cent have no guidelines whatsoever.
"Policy formation is an important step in building a mobility plan that aligns with business objectives," Robinson added. "By drawing various lines of business together and discussing the business requirements along with any IT concerns, companies can set priorities and establish procedures for addressing issues as changes are needed."
Remote working appears more prevalent on this side of the Atlantic, with 25 per cent of UK workers splitting their time between home and the office, and a further 11 per cent working from home all the time. This compares with just eight per cent of US employees who always work from home, and an additional 15 per cent who do so sometimes.
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