UK - Few IT companies consider giving mobile phones as a perk despite heavily relying on them to stay in touch with their employees.
Research carried out by industry website Silicon.com found that 43% of IT workers would consider themselves lucky to get such a perk.
An IT director told the website: “Rightly or wrongly managers now expect most of their staff to be contactable in the event of an urgent business problem and it is a bit much to expect employees to pay for this “privilege”.
“If staff use their personal mobiles for work then either the employee has to spend valuable time working out what to claim from their call logs or companies pay the whole bill, which means they pay top rates.
“If work mobiles are provided then the company can get the benefits of lower costs but users need clear guidelines about what is acceptable personal usage outside the workplace.”
Silicon.com says if a mobile phone is issued it is most likely to come from the IT department rather than through human resources.
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