'Mouse in the House' Poll Reveals Digital Divide

16 May 2001

A new study by research firm MORI of working adults in Great Britain, France and Germany reveals differing attitudes towards teleworking.

Among Britons, some 32% of workers already have a home PC provided or subsidised by their employers. Around the same percentage of unwired workers say they would be willing to contribute alongside their employer toward the cost of a computer. This would be preferred to other fringe benefits such as health club membership.

Overall, nearly half of the eighty million-plus workforce in the three nations sampled is on the wrong side of the so-called Digital Divide. Thirty five million (10m of them Britons) do not have access to a computer or the internet either at home or work.

Among the report’s other findings ...

* Nearly half (49%) of those who wanted their employer to supply a PC with Internet access would expect to use it for personal development.

* Of those with PCs supplied by their employer, 73% said they were happy to work flexibly.

* Over half (64%) of workers who wanted their boss to provide a PC believed the state should encourage employer schemes to provide home technology for all.

* With arguably Western Europe's most ‘third world’ transport network, three in five British workers who have (or would like) an employer-provided PC are prepared to work from home if their travel is disrupted. This compares with 41% both in France and Germany where public transport is perceived as more efficient.

The study, titled Mouse in the House, was commissioned by PeoplePC, a company not wholly disinterested in providing employer-subsidised home computers.

News source: Daily Research News Online (UK)