• The technology sector in EMEA is a fast-growing and dynamic group of industries, based around a complex system of locational clusters with diverse characteristics, and which are prominent drivers of many office markets in the region.

• CBRE has developed a framework for categorising and ranking technology clusters across the region.We identify four categories of technology cluster based on their scale, extent of technology sector concentration and growth characteristics. This approach reflects the fact that technology clusters are far from uniform in their structure, specialisms, cost base or interdependencies with other sectors.

• Within each category, the rankings reflect a wide range of key locational factors such as the age and educational profile of the labour catchment, the contribution of specific activities to technology employment and the rate of local change in sector output.

• Since major capital cities and business centres are often viewed as the default locations for the sector, some of the highly-ranked locations include smaller cities that may not be obvious. However, all have features that make them attractive to certain types of technology company.