2013 was another year of growth in the business services sector, enhancing its position as a key driver of the development of Poland’s office market, according to JLL. Katowice was one of the major locations for business services centers.
The business services sector continues to be among the fastest developing branches of the Polish economy. According to ABSL forecasts, growth is set to continue with business services centers generating between 15- 20 000 new vacancies per year, hitting 150 000 by 2016. To fulfill the growing employment requirements, the business services sector searches for new locations in Poland which will be able to provide it with access to a wide HR pool. This is why such companies have become one of the main drivers of office market demand, both in larger markets (excluding Warsaw ) – Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Katowice, Tri-City, Łódź, Lublin, Szczecin, as well as in smaller cities.
JLL points out four lease agreements concluded last year which were classified amongst the most relevant deals on local markets in Poland. Two of these were signed in Katowice: IBM Global Services Delivery Polska (total approximately 12 000 sq. meters) and ING Services Polska (total approximately 7 300 sq. meters).