Real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield has presented the study "Coworking 2018, the flexible workplace evolution" on the rise of coworking spaces in the main cities of the world. The report analyzes the evolution of this growing phenomenon at an international level and reveals that the contracting of this type of space has registered a record growth figure in 2017.
The leading markets are London in Europe and New York at the world level, and Barcelona and Madrid they stand out among the European cities with the greatest potential in this segment. The leadership of the British capital is based on a record increase of 190% in hiring compared to last year, which highlights the 230,000 m2 of the Central London district. The United Kingdom accounts for 32% of the world's flexible work space, followed by the United States (27%) and the EMEA region (excluding the United Kingdom) with 22%.
The report indicates the cities with the greatest growth margin in the coming years, among which are the Spanish cities Barcelona and Madrid, as well as Dublin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Paris and Warsaw. Regarding Barcelona and the capital of Spain, the Cushman & Wakefield report concludes that around 30,600 m2 were contracted in coworking spaces in 2017 by companies such as Regus, Lexington and WeWork. The real estate consultancy also indicates that Barcelona is currently more active than Madrid, but the expansion of companies such as Spaces or WeWork in both cities is expected.