Demand for flexible office space in Paris is almost double the global average, according to a report by Instant Offices. With demand for office space on the rise in Paris, serviced offices have seen a 26 percent increase while hybrid space has seen a 23 percent increase. While the city ranks fourth globally by the size of supply, Paris is considered to be one of the largest flexible office markets in Europe and ranks among the top 10 best start-up cities in the world. Alongside New York, San Francisco and London, Paris also remains one of the most expensive places to rent a desk. Despite this, demand in the city is on the rise as more large businesses choose flexible offices over conventional leases.
Flex space in Europe is expected to expand to 255 million sq. ft. this year as demand grows for coworking spaces, serviced offices and hybrid space, a combination of the two. A major trend across Europe has seen landlords launching their own spaces and collaborating with providers to deliver flex space, with large corporates driving a significant portion of demand. This increased competition is causing rates to contract in some of the strongest markets in the world, including Paris, where the average desk cost is now €703 per person, per month.
Overall, the French flex workspace market has seen double-digit growth of 20 percent percent in the last 12 months, a trend that started in 2016 when Brexit was first announced in Britain and is still ongoing. In a recent Instant Brexit survey of over 1000 business owners in the UK, 15 percent said they are looking at new opportunities in the EU. As more businesses assess their options and choose to remain agile in uncertain times, flexible office space enquiries have increased across several EU countries, including France.