Results from a representative Savills Office FiT 2021 survey of over 100,000 landlord and occupier clients and office workers across the UK and EMEA conducted in April 2021 show that:
Commenting on the survey, Andrew Cunningham, Director of Offices at Savills Ireland commented: “Current leasing activity in the Dublin market confirms that the future of the office is bright – but it will also be different, as these results reveal. 18 months away from the office has given employees time to re-evaluate what they want from it, so employers will need to adapt. The office environment needed to change – the pandemic is speeding up this change which, I believe, will ensure it continues to play a key role in working-life.”
Mike Barnes, Associate Savills European Research, adds: “Since our previous UK survey results published in June last year, the preference to work in a town/city centre has risen from 40% to 52%, as lockdown measures have eased and workers seek a return to working in city centres. Similarly, the need for flexibility is on the rise and will become more and more important, as illustrated by the growth in preference for working in client and flexible offices.
“We will see a flight to quality workplaces among occupiers, as companies will use their real estate as a differentiator to secure, and keep, the best talent.”