As early as January 2018, latest research have already shown a significant difference between flexible workspaces and traditional offices in terms of pricing.
The latest propriety data of real estate service firm Cushman & Wakefield and serviced office broker Instant Offices shows that businesses found in the world’s major cities can save up to 73% in overhead costs if they opt for flexible workspaces than conventional office space solutions.
Though the aforementioned study tagged Hong Kong as the most expensive city place to rent an office space in the world for its yearly rates of US$27, 432 – nearly double the usual cost in other countries within Asia and 18% higher than that of its nearest global competitor, London – figures gathered by Instant from more than 20 years of flexible workspace listing reports that hot desks offered by coworking spaces and other serviced offices only costs US$7, 607 per year.
Companies based in London can save more if they opt for the city’s flexible workspaces with the average price of US$11, 391 – 47% cheaper that the conventional workrooms costing around US$22, 631. Experts predict that the market will remain to be highly competitive as the demand grows and the number of providers increase.
Managing director of Instant’s EMEA group, John Duckworth, says that it’s a common misconception amongst the majority that flexible spaces are much more expensive despite offering short lease terms and fully serviced offerings. He adds that based on their collated market data as well as the testimonials of their clients regarding their experience in joining local markets, it’s actually a practical, low-cost alternative.
Flexible Spaces, No longer a Luxury
Though the idea of having an engaging, tech-style office seems like a luxury that only large companies can afford, it’s actually a much more cost-effective to invest in them rather than simply settling down in traditional layouts.
As of writing, modern fit-outs cost nearly 15 percent less than conventional designs in the US – over $30 less per square foot – according to a recent report by American professional services and investment management company JLL.
According to Jacqueline Dompe, Northwest Regional Manager of JLL’s Project and Development Services; admittedly, tech companies with large renovation budgets are the first ones to adapt the said trend, but over the recent years, they’re not the only ones looking for a more engaging environment.
She further discusses that both employees and employers from different industries are now seeing its value. And the good news of it being far more cost-effective have possibly contributed to its popularity.
It’s not really an oxymoronic concept. There are a few logical reasons as to why these modern offices are beating the traditional ones in terms of affordability.
First and foremost is the sparse need of construction materials for unassigned seat styles and open floor plans. These features are becoming increasingly popular as managements strive to provide their employees spaces that can accommodate their needs for both collaborative and private areas without disregarding their own prerequisite for versatile office space solutions that can adapt to today’s changing times.
Dompe adds that having flexibility meant breaking down permanent walls and doors. By doing so, less physical materials are required, therefore resulting to a reduction of almost 21% in project costs. Providers are also given the potential of minimizing overall square footage as they offer a wider range of options such as coworking programs to remote workers and other entrepreneurs.
The savings landlords and pioneers get from building these flexible spaces allows them to propose cost-efficient fees which are the major contributing factors to the attraction of both large companies and startups to these types of modern workspaces.
In addition to this, the big bonus of having the chance to divert these reduction into something far more productive and the potential of giving their employees a more meaningful experience as they work, continues to be a priority of today’s leaders in the market.