Desktop PCs are becoming increasingly rare in UK offices as more and more employees turn to more mobile devices, new research claims.

Only 42 percent of employees now use a desktop at the office, with laptops taking over as the pre-eminent device in the workplace, according to a report from Laptops Direct.

Increased efficiency and productivity were mentioned as the most crucial factors in the decision to demolish desktops. 84 percent of laptop workers said they had done more work due to a more flexible device.

Death of the desktop?
The survey of more than a thousand British adults showed that certain industries are phasing out desktops faster than others, with retail (20 percent), catering and leisure (16 percent), marketing and creativity (12 percent) dropping all devices.

This was supported by the finding that more than three-quarters (77 percent) of those surveyed said that desktop PCs often date the appearance of an office and repel potential new customers.

"More and more we hear from our business customers that not only customers expect employees to work along the way, but increasingly the generation Z and traditionally working workers who climb the current career ladder expect a certain flex on working hours and patterns," says Mark Kelly, marketing manager at LaptopsDirect.co.uk.

"Combined with the findings that employees feel more productive in the office, and more motivated to do their best work, when they upgrade to a laptop or a tech gadget, it's a really good idea to imagine what offices today, it feels like the desktop PCs have had their day. "