Employees in 25pc of Irish businesses use their own mobile devices at work, with managers expecting this percentage to increase in 2014, research commissioned by Three Ireland suggests.
In addition, more than half of business owners/managers use their own devices and the traditional pattern of employees receiving standard devices from their employer is dwindling, the research conducted by independent polling firm Behaviour and Attitudes also reveals.
The research surveyed 350 Irish businesses.
Some 19pc of business managers said they will encourage employees to use their own devices next year, while the company continues to pay the usage charges.
Eoin MacManus, Business & Wholesale director at Three, said more and more employees are coming to work expecting to be able to access their corporate network with their own devices.
“Employees have stronger preferences in relation to the device they want to use than ever before, and don’t want to be forced to accept whichever device the company has selected,” MacManus added.
“The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model typically works when the employer gives employees a set allowance towards their device, who can then buy either a standard device or a top-of-the range device, that they can then use for both personal and work use.”
The research also found that 65pc of businesses said they would shop around next year to seek better value from the mobile service provider.