The latest research by Imation has found that many Australians work remotely, though uptake of BYOD policies is lagging compared to other countries.

Senior IT decision makers at SMBs throughout Australia were surveyed for the report, which was compiled by StollzNow Research and titled How are Australian companies managing data?.

A key finding was that 77 per cent of local businesses have up to 30 per cent of employees who work remotely, which StollzNow Research managing director, Neil Stollznow, said is in line with the way staff work remotely globally

"This number compares to 71 per cent of overseas companies that have the same approximate percentage of staff who work remotely," he said.

Where the balance changes is when a company has more than 30 per cent who work remotely.

"Only 23 per cent of Australia companies enabled this, while overseas is a little bit ahead of us at 27 per cent," Stollznow said.

Overall, Stollznow said the research found that Australia is similar to overseas when it comes to working while on the move.

A matter of control

A report also looked into whether companies had mobile device policies in place last year, and how well they were enforced.

Sixty-three per cent of companies were found to have a mobile policy that is enforced, and 11 per cent of businesses admitted to not have mobile policy at all.

"With 26 per cent to not enforcing any policies, it leads to the question what is the good of a policy that is not enforced," he said.

Globally Australia has been found to be lagging, as 77 per cent have a mobile policy that is enforced.

"Although Australia falls behind the rest of the world, we're better than Germany where only 53 per cent have a mobile policy that is enforced," he said.

As for how successful BYOD policies are in being enforced, 77 per cent of respondents have devices that are company approved.

"When it comes to company devices, at 21 per cent only one in five people have devices owned by the company," Stollznow said.

"Interestingly, overseas companies are stricter and less flexible with only 38 per cent allowing company approved devices."

With numbers such as these, Stollznow concludes that Australia is "very much ahead of the rest of the world" when it comes to BYOD, and that indicated "further potential" for the trend locally.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.