This 17th edition of the Global Occupancy Costs – Offices report presents our outlook and analysis of the costs of occupying prime office space across 138 markets worldwide. This expands our coverage by twelve markets compared to last year.
Over the next two years, we forecast global prime occupancy costs to increase at a modest rate of 2%, slightly below the global inflation. However, there are some exceptions to this global trend. The economic recovery will trigger stronger occupier demand and above global inflation cost increases in large parts of Asia and other select markets such as London and San Francisco. This forecast comes on the back of 2% actual increase in global occupancy costs in 2013, well below the 3% inflation.
At the top of our global ranking, the gap between the two most expensive markets, London and Hong Kong, has widened further. In London, buoyant demand led to an increase in rents, while costs cutting measures in central Hong Kong drove rents down. Meanwhile, Tier II cities in China and India continue to offer the least expensive office space globally.
Source : DTZ (Groupe UGL)