At present, IFAs outsource around 11% of client investments via a platform and use an average of three platforms, the report shows.
The number of advisers planning to use discretionary fund managers (DFMs) is also set to increase, with 10% of those not already outsourcing to DFMs planning to do so.
At present 47% use DFMs to assist with their clients investments. Of these investors, 20% plan to increase the number of portfolios they outsource.
Delegation of the day-to-day management process is the number one reason IFAs are looking to switch to DFMs, with 89% citing this as a motivating factor. Gaining access to an investment professional and reducing the administrative burden were also cited as reasons by 82% and 73% of those participating in the study respectively.
The news comes as a report released earlier in the week revealed that more than half of IFAs anticipate an increase in demand for advice this year as a result of the RDR.