Just 14% of UK workers want a traditional nine-to-five office job, according to a report by PwC.

By contrast, a fifth of respondents said that they’d prefer to work remotely.

The study was based on a survey of 10,000 workers in China, Germany, India, the UK and the US, as well as 480 HR professionals.

The worldwide figure was even lower, with only 13% of respondents wanting to work a traditional office job.

53% said that new technology will have a major impact on the way we work in the future, making it easier for us to connect, and shifting employment to a task-by-task basis.

Jon Andrews, UK HR consulting lead at PwC, said:

“We could easily see the rise of organisations that have a core team that embodies the philosophy and values of the company, but the rest of the workforce is not fixed and come in and out on a project-by-project basis.

“These companies will make extensive use of technology to run their businesses, coordinate a largely external workforce and support their relationships with third parties.”

HR professionals predicted that at least 20% of their workforce will be made up of freelancers or contractors in the future.

The report comes a month after all UK workers were given the right to request flexible working.

A spokesperson for the department of business, innovation and skills said:

“Firms that embrace flexible working are more likely to attract and retain the best talent and reap the benefits of a more motivated workforce. That’s why last month the Government extended flexible working rights to more than 20 million people, creating a cultural shift towards more modern, 21st century workplaces where working flexibly is the norm.”

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