Brits carry over £4,000 of gadgets to work every day

Brits carry over £4,000 of gadgets to work every day

A new study by esure home insurance has illustrated how tech-savvy Britons are becoming and also the popularity of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend within organisations.

It has found that commuters are carrying over £4,100 worth of technology to and from work each day, with the average rucksack containing as many as six items. This figure is almost £300 more than when research was undertaken two years ago.

More than a quarter of Britons have in excess of three high-cost items with them at any one time, with a BlackBerry (46 per cent) being the most popular item.

The smartphone has a reputation as being a favourite among businesses thanks to its ease of use and functionality, making it ideal for BYOD. Laptops (38 per cent) and an Apple iPhone (20 per cent) were also commonly carried by employees to their work.

The research pointed to the importance of not only insuring items which might be used within a work environment, but also backing up and password-protecting devices and important files.

Seven per cent said that they have had a gadget stolen from them in the past year, which could lead to sensitive data being compromised.

Nikki Sellers, head of home at esure, said: "We have become a nation of self-confessed tech addicts who are always on the lookout for the next big thing in the gadget world. This is clearly shown in our research revealing the increase in the cost of the commuter bag from previous years."

She added that workers should be "extra vigilant" on their daily commute, given the fact that they are carrying around expensive devices which might well contain important information.

With Tube stations, train providers and bus operators providing Wi-Fi facilities, workers are finding it more and more convenient to undertake tasks on their portable devices while they are out and about.

No longer is time lost by travelling on the train to reach the destination of a meeting, with technological advancements like the cloud enabling commuters to access remotely stored files.