The Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, will experience the strongest growth in the number of mobile workers, which is expected to reach 1.3 billion globally by 2015, driven by the emerging Chinese and Indian markets, IDC stated.
The research firm issued a media release on Thursday stating that the worldwide mobile worker population of 1.3 billion--up from 1 billion in 2010--will represent 37.2 percent of the total workforce in three years' time. It added that the Asia-Pacific region will witness the largest increase in the total number of mobile workers across all regions, with figures ballooning from 601.7 million in 2010 to 838.7 million five years on.
"Much of this [growth] is due to the sheer size of the population in China and India, combined with strong economic expansion in both countries," IDC explained.
By comparison, 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, the report noted. That said, the region will experience a slower growth rate due to a protracted economic recovery and high rates of unemployment, it added.
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.
"Despite 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," Stacy Crook, senior research analyst for IDC's mobile enterprise research program, said in the report.