Nearly half of advisers have still not signed up to a platform - because they are "too busy" running their businesses and preparing for RDR, research suggests.
A survey conducted by Zurich polling over 800 advisers at the end of November revealed 40% have yet to sign up to a platform, whilst 16% have no intention of using one.
A minority of 44% have signed up to at least one platform.
Of those yet to sign up to a platform proposition, more than a quarter said they have not made a decision because they are too busy trying to keep their businesses afloat.
A fifth said they are busy preparing for the retail distribution review (RDR), even though some stakeholders say RDR compliance is at least partly dependant on having a platform strategy.
More than one in five said they needed help selecting the platform best suited to their business model.
Furthermore, nearly half (47%) said they only intend to use one platform - despite the FSA recommending advisers have a multiple platform strategy in order to service all client segments.
Nearly a third said they intend to use two platforms, with just one in five planning to sign up to three or more operators.
"RDR is clearly a big focus for many advisers, but platforms are an important part of making RDR implementation a success and platform providers should be providing support for advisers with this," said Zurich head of wealth propositions Adrian Nash.
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