Hot spots where companies are setting up shop aren’t necessarily the most expensive.
Hong Kong’s Central is the priciest office market in the world, with occupancy costs, which include rent, service charges and government taxes, 60 percent higher than New York’s Midtown, and nearly 75 percent more than London’s West End.
But setting up shop in a major market in Asia Pacific city doesn’t have to break the bank.
While Hong Kong’s Central area will set you back US$338 per square foot in occupancy costs; in Taipei, premium office prices are 80 percent lower, according to JLL data. And in Seoul, office costs are around 70 percent lower.
Given the price difference, “International companies are looking beyond the core office markets, such as Hong Kong, into emerging office markets of Asia Pacific for expansion or in some cases consolidation, which may help counter-balance the current high occupancy costs,” says Jeremy Sheldon, Head of Markets, Asia Pacific, JLL.
Yum! and Citibank have signed leases in Bangkok. Co-working firm, WeWork, has grabbed a new deal in Jakarta and JLL has opened a new office in Bangalore.
Of course, cheaper doesn’t mean better. Workplaces play a big part in talent attraction and retention. Excellent transport, trendy local amenities, and the quality of connectivity to the digital world are still important.
The 10 most affordable premium office markets in Asia Pacific balance those needs without breaking the bank, according to JLL’s Premium Office Rent Tracker.
This sponsored feature is contributed by JLL.