The month in numbers

Posted on Jul 11 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
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27 Average connection speeds in the UK went up by 27% last year to 13.9Mbps, 9th fastest in EMEA and 17th globally, according to fiures from the Fourth Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report by Akamai, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) services. Average peak connection speeds in the UK rose 16% year-on-year to 56.8Mbps.

 Over 30% of mobile data is used by apps running in the background, according to research by Opera Max.

Over 30% of mobile data is used by apps running in the background, according to research by Opera Max.

30 Over 30% of mobile data is used by apps running in the background, according to research by Opera Max. Facebook Messenger and Gmail are the most datahungry apps, with 73% of their total data usage happening in the background.

36 More than a third (36%) of workers surveyed by Regus complain that colleagues leave meeting rooms fithy and stacked with dirty cutlery and cups. Their biggest worry is the effect this has on their company’s reputation with clients and potential customers.

36 UK workers believe that 36% of their time at work is unproductive – more than any other European country, according to survey of 6,250 employees in 14 countries by Qualtrics.

Only 39% of people trust social media giant Facebook, compared to 69% who say they trust Google. When online privacy company vestvpn.com asked consumers whether they had read a full privacy policy from iTunes, Facebook or Google, a whopping 83% admitted they had not.

47 Nearly half (47%) of consumers in the UK and Ireland fid junk mail more annoying than their commute to work, claims global IT services company Ricoh. Two-thirds (69%) say they feel less loyalty to a brand that spams them with irrelevant information.

57 Over half (57%) of UK businesses have a formal cyber security strategy, according to a report by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Barclays (Cyber Security: Underpinning the Digital Economy). Even so, just 49% provide cyber awareness training for staff and only 20% are insured against an attack.

58 Despite the risk of exposing private or sensitive information, 58% of smartphone/tablet users stay permanently signed-in to their email accounts. The study by anti-malware and mobile security company BullGuard also reveals that less than half have a pass code on their phone or tablet, meaning anyone can access its contents freely.

65 Shared Parental Leave (SPL) came into force a year ago but take-up has been low, claims London law fim Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB). Its analysis shows that 65% of employers have had no requests for leave and 30% have had just one or two. Only 21% of employers feel there is a good understanding of SPL across their organisation.

66 Confrontation-averse British consumers prefer to make complaints online, according to research by online review platform Trustpilot. Two thirds (66%) said they avoided confrontation wherever possible, with 50% choosing to complain

Confrontation-averse British consumers prefer to make complaints online, according to research by online review platform Trustpilot.

Confrontation-averse British consumers prefer to make complaints online, according to research by online review platform Trustpilot.

online, compared to 16% who prefer to make their point in person.

74 Two thirds (66%) of employees are now saving through a workplace pension scheme, up from the 45% in 2010. This fiure increases to 74% if those earning less than £10,000, who are not eligible for automatic enrolment, are excluded (source: CIPD, Employee Outlook: Focus on employee attitudes to pay and pensions).

77 More than three-quarters (77%) of IT professionals have seen and kept quiet about potentially embarrassing information concerning colleagues. The research by Unifid Security Management company AlienVault highlights the high levels of trust and responsibility placed on IT professionals in the course of their working lives.

100’00 Since its launch in 2009, more than 100,000 projects have been successfully funded on Kickstarter. It took 121 days to reach a century of successfully funded projects, compared to just 3 days for its most recent 100.

61 Six out of 10 UK employees (61%) want more perks from their employers, claims facilities and building maintenance specialists Direct365. The most indemand incentives are flxible working (35%), a company car (27%), gym membership (14%) and child care vouchers (6%). Technogym has developed the world’s fist ‘musicinteractive’ treadmill that automatically streams the most suitable music based on the number of steps per minute the runner is taking.

 

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