Remote workers continue paying own phone bills

Smartphones have become a workhorse for many workers, facilitating their ability to work remotely. However, the share of employers who help pay the phone bills is nominal. In 2020, employers paid for a higher share of workers, and that share has declined since then.

This MetaFAQs reports on the percentage of workers who have their phone service charges paid for or reimbursed by their employers, split by country. Report [TUP_doc_2024_0316_empt] in TUP Lenses: Mobile Phones; Work/Life Balance

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Remote workers pay their own phone bills

Most remote workers cover their smartphone costs, even for work use. That is true regardless of whether they use their smartphones for work-related activities. For a fraction of workers whose fees are curtailed by the employer, workers in the UK have the highest share of being supported for their 2nd smartphone, with workers in Germany being a close second. Workers in Japan have the highest share of reimbursement for their primary smartphone. This compares to the related finding that home computers used for work are also primarily paid for by the worker, not the employer.

This MetaFAQs reports on the percentage of online workers– full-time, part-time, or self-employed– who have their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd smartphone’s fees paid for or reimbursed by their employer, for the US, Germany, UK, Japan, and China. Report [TUP_doc_2024_0207_empc] in TUP Lenses: Mobile Phones; Work/Life Balance

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