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BYOD Statistics

Last updated 29th Jun 2022
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On this page you will learn about interesting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) statistics that will help you better understand the nature of this practice. An increasing number of companies are implementing BYOD since it is easier for employees to use familiar devices.

General BYOD Statistics

In this section we share the general BYOD statistics that will reveal more about this newly developed practice. BYOD is a relatively new phenomena, which means it is constantly changing and not yet established. These figures give you an idea of the state of BYOD during the last few years.

Smartphones are the most commonly used devices for BYOD employees

Unsurprisingly, the most used device by BYOD employees is the smartphone. This might be because smartphones are the most portable out of all devices. Also, technological advancements have been made that have improved the battery life, processing power, and reliability of smartphones. This means they can be used to complete many of the same tasks as on the desktop. Additionally, according to website load time statistics in the US, 79% of online time is on mobile devices.

Source: Cisco

By the end of 2022 the BYOD market will be worth around $366.96 billion

Data shows that back in 2014 the market share of BYOD was $94.15 billion. Since then the market share has consistently increased as more jobs are created where BYOD work arrangements are applicable. Also, the cost of devices is increasing, so the market share numbers will also go up.

Source: Global Market Insights

The number of employees that use their own devices for work is 67%

2 out of 3 people try to use their own devices to complete work – even when it is not permitted. This shows that familiarity with the device is one of the most important factors. The time taken to learn using a new device could feel like a waste of time, when you can simply bring a device to work that you have already used for countless hours.

Source: CBS News

Almost 80% of US based companies have used BYOD since 2018

The large percentage of companies that use BYOD indicates that it is a widely accepted practice. In many cases, the devices permitted might be limited, so this figure does not shine a light on the complete picture. For instance, employees might be allowed to use their smartphones but laptops and PCs must be provided by the company.

Source: Frost & Sullivan

Even when a company mobile device is not provided, 61% of companies expect their employees to be available remotely

Most employees know that almost every employee has a smartphone and they feel like it is an open line of communication at all hours of the day and night. That is because you can send messages from software like Slack or email. This allows companies to effectively keep in touch with employees when an answer is required urgently.

Source: Samsung Insights

Because of mobile work, companies benefit from 240 extra hours of employee work hours per year

The ability for employees to successfully work from home using smartphones means companies can extract more work hours than ever before. In fact, they get around $5,000 worth of extra work from employees that are using mobile devices from home. Therefore, it makes financial sense for companies to allow BYOD in the workplace. However, this extra time should be compensated based on the term overtime pay.

Source: Fliplet

2022 BYOD statistics

In this section we will explore BYOD statistics that are relevant for 2022. These are the most up-to-date statistics that paint a realistic picture of the practice. They deserve your attention in the pursuit of learning more about BYOD.

US-based websites that use SSL is under 47 million

There are over 1.8 billion websites in the United States and only 47 million of them have SSL (Secure Socket Layer) security. This is a security feature vital for protecting the users connecting to the website. Therefore, most websites need to upgrade their security to give them every edge against potential hacking events.

Source: Thinscale

The number of employees using personal devices to connect to corporate networks is on the rise says 96% of companies

Employees begin the BYOD process using personal smartphones to connect to company networks. Once they see no pushback from the company, they can decide to use personal laptops and tablets. This enables them to complete work on devices they are familiar with and contains the apps they need to be productive.

Source: Dimensional Research

For 84% of BYOD employees the most popular app includes contact management, calendar and email

Most employees that sign into the network using their own device need to check their email, view their schedule on the calendar and access contacts. These apps are the basic requirements of working in a team environment. Up to 45% of employees use BYOD devices for accessing documents that might be stored in the cloud. This means there is no need to transfer files between locations.

Source: Crowd Research

Up to 87% of companies rely on employees using their own devices to connect to business apps

Business apps are an important part of daily office life and companies prefer if employees were connected at all hours of the day. Therefore, the best approach is to provide a BYOD format where employees can use personal devices with business app notifications turned on. With the average employee accessing an average of 5.2 mobile business apps daily, it provides a big advantage to businesses.

Source: Syntonic

Almost 70% of IT decision makers in US companies approve of BYOD

It is not surprising that the majority of the experts agree with the BYOD approach. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks. It improves the simplicity of running the network apart from maintaining the security. Employees do not need as much training or technicians to maintain devices. This removes a large part of the burden from the IT team.

Source: Cisco

BYOD Productivity Statistics

In this section we will explore the statistics that indicate if BYOD increased productivity. This will help you appreciate why the BYOD movement is becoming a natural development for most companies and also it helps to reduce sometimes the research and development costs. Once businesses see the improvements in productivity and profits, then it is hard to block the use of personal devices for work. After all, some industries have razor-thin profit margins, so getting the most out of each employee tilts the odds of success in their favour.

Productivity is increased by 34% when smartphones are used

Whether the business organization is small or a multinational corporation, smartphones allow employees to be connected with each other and the company network. Therefore, it is unsurprising that productivity is boosted by 34% when they are used. Employee confidence has improved and CEOs are happy with the improvement in output. Therefore, it has become the norm for employees to use business apps that allow connectivity.

Source: Samsung Insights

The top reason for BYOD support by companies is improvement in mobility

Most employers enjoy the mobility provided to their employees by the BYOD approach. This allows for flexibility in dictating the work environment and staying connected simultaneously. In some industries, employees may need to constantly make trips out of the office to meet clients and attend events. To learn more, you can read our guide on travel time. Therefore, staying connected ensures less time is wasted while travelling between locations.

Source: Crowd Research

Regular office attendance should not be required according to 69% of millennials

This statistic indicates that the younger population expects freedom of movement at the workplace. Therefore, a BYOD work culture is likely to attract a higher portion of talented younger employees that are vital for companies to grow. Why this philosophy works might stem from the fact that millennials have grown up with internet connected devices from a young age. The transition of using the same devices for work seems like a natural progression of their life.

Source: Cloudbusiness

Business productivity and process are improved when by mobility says 53% of businesses

It is no surprise that the freedom to be mobile allows employees to be more productive. In some industries, businesses are always on the lookout for a way to provide mobility to employees to complete their roles effectively and also provide the opportunity to learn under the term job shadowing.

Smartphones bridge the gap of communication that was not available in the years before the internet.

Source: Apperian

BYOD Policy Statistics

Now we can have a look at the various statistics that highlight company policies toward a BYOD work culture. This provides insight into company attitudes toward BYOD and what trends you are likely to see in the future. Some of the negatives of BYOD, such as cybersecurity threats and lack of uniformity, mean not all CEOs are happy to allow a complete BYOD culture. It is a balancing act to consider the pros and cons until the technology is further improved.

BYOD instructions have not been provided to more than 50% of employees

This insightful statistic shows that many companies have no ground rules or infrastructure for implementing BYOD. This lack of guidance means there is room for improvement, which should empower employees without much experience with technology. This allows employees to figure out the rules and best practices to reduce the cybersecurity risks for company data.

Source: Trustlook

In 69% of organisations the IT department is responsible for coming up with BYOD policies

Most organisations realise that the experts are best positioned to develop BYOD policies that technically make sense and will lead to the best productivity. They can decide on the best software for collaboration, and project management. Also, IT specialists can set up cybersecurity practices that reduce the risks of the company getting hacked.

Source: Crowd Research

Organisations that have a formal BYOD policy is only 39%

This indicates that many companies understand the value of a formal BYOD policy. It sets important ground rules and allows new employees to be inducted. However, 61% do not have a BYOD policy, which is a large number. This might be because most companies are happy for personal devices to be used at their discretion. If there are no problems, then doing the extra work of creating a BYOD policy might seem unnecessary.

Source: TrustLook

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References

Our content quality team consulted the following expert sources to maximise the value and accuracy of this page:

  1. Cisco
  2. Global Market Insights
  3. CBS News
  4. Frost and Sullivan
  5. Fliplet
  6. Thinscale
  7. Dimensional Research
  8. Samsung Insights
  9. Cloudbusiness
  10. https://www.trustlook.com/
Keith Hodges

Keith Hodges