Pittsburgh ranks #11 on CBRE's Annual Tech-Thirty List

Pittsburgh – October 27, 2016 Pittsburgh climbed to number eleven, up from number 15 in 2015, on CBRE’s annual Tech-Thirty list, which analyzes the 30 leading technology markets in the U.S. and Canada in terms of high-tech software/services job growth.

“Tech firms in Pittsburgh are scooping up large amounts of tech space in the Oakland/East End Market, which has one of the lowest vacancy rates and highest rental rates in the market,” said Jeffrey Ackerman, managing director of CBRE’s Pittsburgh business. “High-tech tenants are locating in the Oakland/East End submarket to attract the top tech talent in the region coming out of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.”

Pittsburgh added 2,503 new high-tech jobs from 2013 to 2015, an 18.8 percent increase.

Tech-related office leasing accounted for 20 percent of all office leasing in the U.S. in the first half of 2016, up from 18 percent in 2015, despite an overall slowing in tech job creation.

CBRE’s report showed that the hottest tech submarkets where tech job creation continues to boom—led by East Cambridge, Palo Alto and Santa Monica—are significantly outperforming their overall markets in terms of leasing activity and rent premiums, fueled primarily by the demand for highly-skilled tech talent.

Office Rents in the Tech-Thirty

The CBRE report shows that office rents for the top submarket in each of the 30 markets analyzed increased in all but one submarket between Q2 2014 and Q2 2016. The highest rent growth in this period occurred in both established and up-and-coming tech submarkets, illustrating stiff competition among tenants to locate in areas rich in talent such as University City, Oakland/East End Pittsburgh, East Cambridge, Palo Alto and Tempe. Average office rents in Pittsburgh’s top tech market, Oakland/East End, grew 32 percent to $23.53 from Q2 2014 to Q2 2016, behind only Philadelphia’s University City (37.8 percent) in the CBRE report.

Job Growth in the Tech-Thirty

CBRE also analyzed the Tech-Thirty markets according to high-tech industry job growth. San Francisco topped the rankings for the fifth consecutive year; its high-tech job base has grown 47.0 percent between 2013 and 2015, while average asking rents increased by 22.7 percent from Q2 2014 and Q2 2016. Eighteen markets outperformed the U.S. average of 13.7 percent job growth in high-tech software/services, with Phoenix (44.5 percent), Austin (33.3 percent), Charlotte (33.2 percent), and Indianapolis (27.9 percent) rounding out the top five. Pittsburgh saw its high-tech jobs grow 18.8 percent from 2013 to 2015.

Over the past five years, the software/services industry created 780,000 new jobs at a 7.3 percent growth rate and accounted for nearly 20 percent of major leasing activity. In H1 2016, tighter labor and volatile capital market conditions led to job creation slowing to a 4 percent annual growth rate, which had a slight impact on certain office markets, like Washington, D.C., New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

 ​“Advanced technology has integrated itself into business productivity and although the talent pool is limited, strong demand for technology services from both businesses and consumers is expected to support hiring by high-tech firms. The skills of the available labor pool do not appear to align with available jobs, causing a structural barrier to growth,” said Colin Yasukochi, director of research and analysis, CBRE. “This demand for technology should support growth among high-tech companies and high-tech office market clusters.”

 

High-Tech Software/Services Job Growth

Office Market Rent Growth

 

Rank

 

Market

2013-2015

 

Rank

 

Market

Q2 '14 vs. Q2 '16

1

San Francisco

47.0%

1

Silicon Valley

28.4%

2

Phoenix

44.5%

2

Raleigh-Durham

24.6%

3

Austin

33.3%

3

Orange County

24.3%

4

Charlotte

33.2%

4

San Francisco

22.7%

5

Indianapolis

27.9%

5

SF Peninsula

19.8%

6

Silicon Valley

26.1%

6

Nashville

18.1%

7

Toronto

25.9%

7

Dallas/Ft. Worth

16.6%

8

New York

25.9%

8

Austin

15.3%

9

Chicago

21.1%

9

Charlotte

14.8%

10

Dallas/Ft. Worth

19.7%

10

Portland

14.2%

11

Pittsburgh

18.8%

11

San Diego

13.6%

12

Seattle

17.6%

12

Boston

12.7%

13

Detroit

17.1%

13

Salt Lake City

12.4%

14

Vancouver

16.8%

14

Denver

12.0%

15

Raleigh-Durham

16.3%

15

New York

11.6%

16

Nashville

16.2%

16

Phoenix

11.6%

17

San Francisco Peninsula

15.1%

17

Atlanta

11.4%

18

Salt Lake City

14.1%

18

Los Angeles

10.1%

19

Orange county

13.3%

19

Minneapolis

10.0%

20

Los Angeles

13.0%

20

Vancouver

9.0%

21

Atlanta

12.6%

21

Pittsburgh

7.3%

22

Boston

12.2%

22

Chicago

5.7%

23

Portland

12.1%

23

Seattle

5.2%

24

Denver

10.1%

24

Indianapolis

5.0%

25

Minneapolis

8.1%

25

Philadelphia

4.4%

26

San Diego

8.0%

26

Detroit

3.5%

27

Baltimore

4.5%

27

St. Louis

-0.3%

28

Washington, D.C.

3.9%

28

Baltimore

-0.5%

29

St. Louis

2.3%

29

Toronto

-1.2%

30

Philadelphia

2.3%

30

Washington, D.C.

-3.7%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2016, Statistics Canada, August 2016, CBRE Research, Q2 2016.


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