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UK businesses still not focusing on mobility as specialist area

Research for the latest Arval-backed CVO Barometer – which interviewed more than 4,500 fleet decision makers across 15 countries – has found that only 21% of companies with 100 or more employees in the UK have a specialist team dedicated to all areas of employee travel. Predictably, it is far less within smaller companies (less than 100 employees) at only 13%.   

Mobility has become a much talked about subject in recent years and a significant cost for businesses of all sizes but the table shows that they don’t see it as a specialist area requiring a dedicated team. 

Interestingly, the UK seems to have significantly less focus on mobility compared with the rest of Europe. This is clearest for the largest companies (1,000 or more employees) where 38% of UK corporates have a team in place to manage this area compared with 51% in other European countries.

Instead of allocating this area to a dedicated team, responsibility in the UK sits in different places depending on the business. Arval added that currently the most common areas are either within the Fleet Team or as part of Human Resources. The firm added that it will be interesting to see in next year’s study whether a trend towards specialist mobility departments is starting to emerge and whether the gap between the UK and other European countries will narrow. 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.