Positive sentiment towards to European flexible offices has increased according to Workthere, a brokerage-backed online listing platform for flexible, co-working and managed office spaces.
Data from the flexible office specialist shows that 54% of flexible office providers are optimistic or very optimistic about the next three months, with this figure rising to 95% for the next 12 months. This is in comparison to 47% and 81% respectively in October 2020.
Simultaneously, the survey indicates a drop in the number of requests for rent relief – this figure has declined to 11% which is almost half of what it was this time last year (20%).
Ed Bouterse, head of Workthere, Europe, commented: ‘It’s incredibly encouraging to see that sentiment amongst flexible office providers is improving month-on-month. Despite various lockdowns still in place across Europe, the vaccination roll out is promising an end to the pandemic sooner rather than later and, as such, it seems that providers and occupiers alike are looking towards a return to the office before the end of the year.’
The survey shows that demand from companies for suburban office space has dropped to 8% this March compared to 29% in October, hinting that many members of flexible office space are intent on returning to their usual city centre locations once a return to the office is safe.
Conversely, demand for swing space has increased over this time period from 13% to 19%.
Daniel Jones, global research analyst, Workthere, added: ‘Our results point to the fact that many users are looking to return to city-centre locations once lockdown ends; this is a clear indication that urban locations will still be popular in life after the pandemic. One reason for this could be that people are keen to reinstate a clear divide between work and home life with the last year blurring the lines between the two.’
Workthere’s data also suggests that occupancy at the end of the month is set to rise to 77% compared to 88% pre-pandemic.
Launched in 2017, Workthere is operational in the UK, US, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore and Vietnam.