IT has helped UK office output soar by 84%

Modern technology has helped to boost office workers’ productivity by 84% over the past four decades, research shows

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Modern technology has helped to boost office workers' productivity

Modern technology has helped to boost office workers’ productivity by 84% over the past four decades, research shows.

As new digital advancements roll out productivity will continue to increase, experts said. Technology such as mobile phones, email and business software has “transformed” the workplace, according to the research.

Since the 1970s, when office workers sat in front of noisy typewriters, there has been a five-fold boost in productivity relating to information and communication technology (ICT), the report found.

Labour productivity per hour associated with ICT has risen 480% since 1972, according to the report by O2 Business and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

It also found a steep growth in productivity during the 1990s and 2000s because of the launches of “key” products such as Microsoft Windows 3.0 in 1990, dial-up internet in 1992 and Google search engine in 1998. While the advances in technology have helped businesses get more done in a shorter time, they have also helped companies save money in storage. In 1980 a gigabyte of hard disk space cost £120,000 in today’s money, compared with a current cost of 5p.

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