With London Underground drivers set to stage a fresh 24-hour strike amid a dispute over the new all-night Tube service, businesses are braced for hours of lost productivity and disruption. But is this really an issue for London’s mobile workforce?

The government estimates a 24-hour strike will cost the economy £50 million per day. But London think tank Cebr says the Tube strike is more likely to cost the economy about £10 million per day. The estimated cost has actually fallen in the past two decades perhaps due to the rise of the digital economy with more people now able to work from home and on mobile devices without much loss in productivity.

With the exception of jobs that require employees to be physically present such as doctors and nurses, many of today’s employees need nothing more than a mobile device and Internet connection to complete a day’s work. With this trend towards mobile working and its potential to overcome barriers in productivity, enterprises should be considering ways to achieve a secure, cost-effective and flexible mobile workforce.

According to data from Wandera’s network of London-based enterprise customers, mobile data consumption on 9th July 2015, the day of the last Tube, strike was up 37% compared to the average working day in 2015. Increased mobility can bring significant business benefits but controlling data usage is challenging. 
Wandera offers the enterprise a way to reduce mobile data costs by 30 percent.

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