While Hong Kong is the world's most expensive city for its financial sector, it ranked the third most expensive city for tech and creative employee accommodation.
And London, which came second for live/work costs for financial sector employees, was fourth for tech and creative employee accommodation.
"The biggest financial sector premium is seen in Moscow, where Russian money is investing once again, pushing up demand for space in the city," says Barnes.
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"Similar forces also seem to be at play in Dubai, which has seen the impact of Middle Eastern cash in a market that has shown significant growth, prompting talk of cooling measures."
Dubai experienced the biggest increase in the costs forcompanies to locate employees in the city.
Total live-work costs soared by 41 percent in Dubai although, according to the report, this is in part due to a hangover from the city's previously high supply low rent era.
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