Data provided by DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield show that there has been a steady decline in the rate of office space absorption by IT firms. This has affected the commercial realty, the report added.
Commercial realty sector is hit by lowered office space absorption by IT companies. Tracking the office space absorption in top eight cities of India, property consultants C&W and DTZ have reported that the rate of office space absorption has been falling in top cities of India.
Last year, 29.05 million sq. ft. of office space was absorbed. This figure shows a 23% decline in the rate of office space absorption compared to the previous year.
The contribution of the IT sector was a mere 44% last year. On the other hand the information technology sector had contributed over 64% of total office space absorption. This slowdown of IT segment affects commercial realty sector adversely.
In 2012, IT firms occupied 13.22 million sq. ft. This is far lower than the 16.08 million sq. ft. the sector occupied in 2011.
Many of the IT firms remain cautious over their expansion policies. This is mainly due to the financial crises of the West, the major source of revenue for these Indian IT firms. Nearly 85% of the total revenue is derived from these western countries.
DTZ India’s research head Rohit Kumar said that the demand from IT sector will not improve as long as the European countries get through the crisis.
The lower demand has affected the supply of commercial space. In 2012, the builders launched only 35 million sq. ft. of new office space. This is 10% less than that of the year before.
While there was only a 10% decline on year-to-year basis, the quarter –to –quarter basis was even worse. Nearly 7.8 million sq. ft. of commercial space was launched in the last quarter of 2012. This is almost 30% down than that of the previous quarter.