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with the in­ter­net and the use of mo­bile de­vices.

It is an aim of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment as well. It aims to have 12 per cent of em­ploy­ees work­ing un­der an out-of-of­fice ar­range­ment with their em­ployer by 2020 as a conse- quence of the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work roll­out. The cur­rent level is 6 per cent.

By 2016 the av­er­age Aus­tralian will have two or three in­ter­net-en­abled de­vices, ac­cord­ing to the Cisco Visual Net­work­ing In­dex: Global Mo­bile Data Traf­fic Fore­cast Up­date 2011/2016.

Smart­phones will ac­count for 35 per cent of to­tal mo­bile data traf­fic and tablets 9 per cent, com­pared with 15 per cent and 0.86 per cent re­spec­tively at the end of last year.

Robert Walters as­so­ciate di­rec­tor Peter Bate­son says in the fu­ture there will be many more peo­ple us­ing mo­bile de­vices to work from home or at places such as the beach.

‘‘ Or­gan­i­sa­tions are not say­ing right now that you need to be a su­per user of an iPad or An­droid de­vice as a re­quire­ment but that will change in the next five years,’’ Bate­son says.

‘‘ The rea­son they are not a re­quire­ment is that these de­vices are be­ing bought as so­cial de­vices, any­way, rather than on a busi­ness ba­sis so peo­ple al­ready have these skills.’’

Bate­son says busi­nesses are be­com­ing more mo­bile by the day and the use of per­sonal de­vices at work has more than dou­bled in the past few years.

‘‘ As­sum­ing that trend con­tin­ues then (or­gan­i­sa­tions will for­mally re­quire staff to have mo­bile skills),’’ he says.

‘‘ These de­vices are of­ten easy to use for the mass pub­lic. I’m sure some peo­ple will face po­ten­tial is­sues but I don’t think it would be too long be­fore they pick these skills up.

‘‘ Com­pa­nies are try­ing to at­tract staff as well by giv­ing them more work/life bal­ance and mo­bile de­vices are key to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of those ben­e­fits,’’ Bate­son says.

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