Some 34 per cent of people who have used financial advice in the past have done so because of a specific monetary need.
This is according to a YouGov survey, commissioned by Standard Life, which also found that 25 per cent of Britons have been forced to seek expert guidance because of a major life event – such as moving home or being made redundant.
For 36 per cent of individuals, the desired outcome from getting a recommendation is financial confidence and security, while 47 per cent feel more confident about their situation after talking to a professional.
Stephen Ingledew, Managing Director of Customers and Marketing at Standard Life, said the research shows how important it is that consumers feel good about the guidance they are receiving.
"It's clear for many people that reassurance and confidence are more important than more material considerations such as being demonstrably better off. In other words peace of mind can be priceless," he added.