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'SMB mobile workforce to be 298 mn in 2016'

An upcoming report by Techaisle indicates that there will be slightly over 298 million of the total workforce of small and medium businesses (SMBs) worldwide would consist of mobile employees, in the year 2016.

One-fourth of these will be from the mid-market segment. Nearly 150 million SMB employees will be telecommuting, and over 120 million will travel on business.

The report also indicates a rise in the number of cloud users to over 200 million in 2016, as agaisnt the less than 140 million in 2012.

Nearly 50% of these mobile employees will be from the Asia Pacific Region (excluding Japan), and China and India will comprise over 60 percent of the region’s total. The global share of SMB mobile workers will shift by 4% from other regions to Asia.

The study indicates that China will have the largest number of SMB mobile employees, but its percentage of mobile workers out of its entire SMB workforce will be lower than India.

With the increasing number of mobile employees, SMBs are faced with five major concerns: The cost of supporting mobile workers, protection from theft and data privacy, mobile data pricing, transaction security and mobile device pricing.

The report considers SMB employees from the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, India, China, Brazil and Mexico.

Techaisle is a global SMB ICT market research and industry analyst organization tracking the future of SMBs and channels.