The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is in full swing with a new study stating that three in four UK-based businesses now allow employee-owned devices in the workplace.
The study, which was carried out by IT recruitment agency Robert Half Technology, discovered that over three quarters (76%) of CIOs now allow employees to bring in their own smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and USB drives, with this dropping to 56% for smartphones and to 38% for tablets.
Laptops remain the most popular personally-owned devices in business at 65%.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, chief information officers highlighted security as one of their concerns with the trend.
“There are a number of factors leading to the growth of BYOD, from company cost savings to employee preferences for using their own device,” said Robert Half Technology managing director Phil Sheridan.
“Consumer-friendly new technologies such as Apple’s iPhone 5S has prompted my employees to rely on a certain level of productivity at work as they have at home. Only 24% of IT directors in our survey said that they do not currently allow employee owned devices into the workplace, so the tide has clearly turned in favour of BYOD.