Both existing and emerging outsourcing centres in Riga have created more than 500 new jobs this year. Outsourcing centres are effectively positioned as separate structural units (IT, finance, procurement, HR, call centres, etc.) of companies that deliver services for the respective company`s needs; this also includes providing services to other businesses worldwide. The trend of establishing such centres in Eastern European countries has been observed since 2010.
For a company to choose Latvia specifically as the country in which to place its outsourcing centre, there are several key criteria, such as the availability of labour and its quality, costs, tax incentives and state aid in general, as well as the availability of office space. Lease transactions in excess of 4,000 square metres` worth of office premises were carried out in Riga this year, mediated by consultants from the international real estate company “Colliers International” alone. “Such customers as outsourcing centres mostly look for Class B offices situated in locations that would be above all convenient for the employees and that are surrounded by well-organized infrastructure and car parking facilities, as well as have open-plan office space and with opportunity for future expansion,” says Ēriks Bergmans, Partner and Director of the Broker Department of “Colliers International Latvia”. An analysis of the market segment of current Class A and B office premises shows that the available space is limited, and a total of 45,000 sqm of office space is currently in development. Colliers experts predict that if investments were made into the reconstruction of the buildings, the projects that are currently Class C offices with good locations could be attractive to potential leaseholders in the future. When comparing the Baltic States on the whole, Lithuania might seem more attractive at the moment, because the country is host to active construction of new projects; office space rent costs in Latvia have currently not yet reached the level at which most developers would be ready to actively start construction. However, those who are doing it now will benefit in the near future.
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