Providing office space in some of the city's flashest buildings is now costing more than $10,000 a year per worker.
Employers leasing premium-grade office buildings are paying an average of $10,607 per workstation, according to a new survey by Colliers International.
This is nearly $4000 or 64 per cent more than they were paying two to four years ago.
In contrast, the cost of an average workstation in a low-rent C-grade block was just over $5000 per worker.
The average occupancy cost for Wellington's core precinct was $7675 per workstation, about 17 per cent lower than Auckland's CBD core precinct.
While many employers are trying to save money by packing more workers in, the survey reports that people, at least those in more expensive office accommodation, now have more space to spread themselves about than they did between 2008 and 2010.
Workers in A-grade accommodation had 19.9sqm each while those in low-rent C-grade offices typically had about 3sqm less workspace.
The survey found that public sector workers filled more than 800,000sqm or 60 per cent of the city's office space.
They have an average of 17.7sqm each, slightly more than their private sector counterparts.
The average cost of providing office space for public servants is $7691 per worker, compared to $6620 per workstation in the private sector.
However, private sector workers and people working for smaller organisations were much more likely to have their own offices.
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