Coworking and its development

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Numbers and territorial development

Coworking in Italy is a variegated and rapidly evolving system, not only in numerical and economic terms, but also as an organizational model. Within the limits determined by the heterogeneity of the system and its continuous evolution, a description of the phenomenon is proposed based on the data collected by Italian Coworking updated in November 2019.

At the beginning of 2010 there were perhaps a dozen shared workspaces, made to accommodate professionals and companies that work independently, almost all concentrated in the large cities of central and northern Italy.

Today, coworking has grown rapidly across the country. At the date of this article, there are 739 (source Italian coworking), roughly 1 coworking for every 84,000 inhabitants.

The 60% of coworking operates in Northern Italy (425) with a prevalence in the North-West and a more sustained growth than in the rest of the country. Lombardy, in particular, is undoubtedly the region where they are most present, not only because more than ¼ of Italian coworking are concentrated here, but also because here there is the highest offer of spaces per inhabitant (1 coworking for every 52 thousand ab.)

Italian coworking is no longer a reality limited to large cities. Looking at the total number, more than 1 space out of 4 is located in an agglomeration of less than 50,000 inhabitants and half of these work in municipalities of less than 20,000.

In small municipalities close to metropolitan areas, we are experimenting with what we could call Commuting coworking, which with the emergence of smartworking (agile work) offers the advantage of working close to home on a few days a week.

Areas of potential for expansion

Common# Coworking nov. 2019Diff. December 2018% CoworkingResident population% pop. residentCoworking / resident population rate
> 20K <50k99+81411.128.08819112.405
> 50K <100k105+3156.393.0741160.886
> 100K <500k179-4256.731.0141137.603
> 500k204+20296.731.0141132.995

Looking at a crude indicator like that of population density, it is clear that there are still many margins for growth for coworking in Italy, both in large cities (over 100 thousand inhabitants) and in small ones.

On average in the largest urban centers (over 100 thousand inhabitants) there is currently 1 coworking for every 37 thousand inhabitants, while in the average municipalities (50? 100 thousand inhabitants) the density decreases considerably (and obviously) up to 1 coworking for over 240 thousand. inhabitants in municipalities below 20 thousand.

A fundamental fact to reflect on is that this number of coworking was going to satisfy a part of the approximately 570,000 smart workers present in 2019. But today we are facing a world that has radically changed its skin.

The forced and emergency experience that over 6.5 million workers had during the lockdown last spring and this winter has dramatically highlighted how? The traditional organization of work is based on assumptions that are now largely outdated and clearly inadequate to interpret the era in which we live? to use the words of Professor Mariano Corso, scientific director of the Smart working Observatory of the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano

According to the data of the Observatory in the post-pandemic, more than 5 million smart workers will continue to work remotely up to 3 days a week, creating a huge opportunity for investment and development in the sector.

The Smart Working Curve

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source: Il Sole 24ore. Remote workers in thousands of units

After the emergency, again according to the study by the observatory, the 51% of large companies says that it will act on physical spaces, modifying the way they are used to meet the new working needs of their employees.

This means that many companies will have an abundance of potentially unused office surfaces and the solution we have identified is precisely the optimization of these spaces with the opening of Changes coworking partner points.

In practice, companies maintain their identity and structure but, with the support of Changes, they can have operational and strategic benefits. Furthermore. thanks to the supply of highly differentiating tools, they will be able to have interesting margins by generating income spaces that would otherwise remain unused. And this not only in big cities but also in small urban centers which in the future will increasingly need to offer flexible work spaces to those who commute will be less and less.