CBRE has published its inaugural Understanding European Technology Clusters report, highlighting the vibrancy and rapid growth of Europe’s tech sector. The report analyses the characteristics of tech clusters and explores future opportunities among high-performing, and emerging, tech cities across Europe.
Out of 35 cities across Europe, London is ranked in first place in CBRE’s index; followed by Paris in second, Berlin in third place and Munich and Madrid completing the top five. The report also identifies the fastest-growing, emerging European tech cities of the future as Bucharest, Budapest, and Istanbul.
The key findings from the report include:
The rate of employment growth in the tech sector over the past five years has far exceeded the rate of growth for office-based employment as a whole, and the sector is expected to continue to outperform. Berlin, Dublin, London, Munich and Vienna, as well as a group of fast-growing emerging markets including Bucharest, Budapest, and Istanbul have seen particularly rapid growth.
Across a group of major European office markets, the proportion of leasing by technology companies has grown steadily from under 10 percent in 2008-2009 to over 16 percent in 2016, surpassing the contribution of the banking and finance industry during this period.
London, Munich and Paris dominate hi-tech patent applications to the European Patent Office.
Technology encompasses a diverse group of activities and some tech hubs have attracted particular sub-sectors. This is important in identifying sources of demand and other real estate opportunities. For instance, digital advertising takes its greatest share in Berlin; while IT services requirements have a greater proportion in Budapest.
Richard Holberton, Senior Director, CBRE Research, said: “London and Paris are the leading European tech markets, and benefit from strong demand from a wide range of occupier types and sizes. However, our research shows that there are a wide variety of attractive tech locations: other cities that feature in the top ten include Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and Budapest. Outside this list of the top twenty markets Hamburg, Sofia and Warsaw are increasingly important European tech hubs. Cologne, Turin and Utrecht continue to see high concentrations of employment in the sector, while Lyon and Zurich are expected to see stronger growth in tech employment than some larger markets.”
Olesya Dzuba, Director, Head of Research, CBRE in Russia, said: “The IT & telecom sector is one of the most perspective for office sector development in Moscow. The latter is stipulated by the level of technological requirements, as well as government support for the research and development of the IT industry in Russia, which imply tax benefits and education schemes. Moscow is the fourth (among 35 in the sample) in terms of employed in this sector people (according to ICT Employment City 2015), as well as ranked the fifth in Startup category of European Digital City Index 2015. The further sector development will be mostly in Internet services and Software sub-sectors, due to rapid digitalization of all spheres of economy.”