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.