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Jan. 28, 2016 — Spending in the United Kingdom on learning and development
(L&D) initiatives surged 11 percent between 2014 and 2015 to an average of
£1,068 per learner as surveyed organizations invested more to help develop
future leaders and close skills gaps, according to new research from Bersin by
Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. Summarized in a WhatWorks® brief, the
findings appear in the “UK Corporate Learning Factbook 2016: Benchmarks, Trends, and
Analysis of the UK Training Market.”
spending on L&D, the research shows that the sharpest decline in L&D
budget allocations since 2012 was for outsourced services. Budget allocations
for external services dropped to just 14 percent in 2015 from 41 percent of
L&D spending in 2009. The steep drop may indicate that L&D
practitioners have grown increasingly confident bringing training initiatives
in-house. Another potential indicator that U.K. organizations are regaining
control of their L&D initiatives is that staff-to-employee ratios rose 50
percent from 10.1 to 15.1 staff per 1,000 employees from 2012 levels.
indicate that the United Kingdom’s economic recovery is manifesting itself
through more confident spending across L&D practices,” said Dani Johnson,
vice president, learning and development research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte
Consulting LLP. “Increased staffing has enabled L&D groups to take on
greater and more diverse training responsibilities so that they can grow the
next generation of leaders and upskill their workforces to meet market
training continues to be the primary L&D delivery method, accounting for 32
percent of training hours, according to the research. However, instructor-led
training has declined 45 percentage points since 2009, when it accounted for 77
percent of training hours. Meanwhile, the largest increase in L&D budget
allocations was for the development of e-learning content, which rose 12
percentage points to 19 percent.
training now accounts for just over one-quarter of L&D delivery methods,”
said Johnson, “other modalities that foster an environment of informal,
continuous learning – especially experiential, on-the-job training and
collaboration and feedback – grow increasingly prevalent. It has become clear in recent years that L&D practitioners seek equilibrium
in training as they try to reach employees in diverse and complementary ways.”
Data for this
study was collected from 220 U.K. organizations between January and August
2015. Findings of the new research, which as in past years includes essential
training spending metrics, reflect changes made to this year’s survey. Chiefly, the minimum number of employees for
respondent consideration increased from 50 to 500 for small organizations since
the survey was last conducted in 2011. Bersin by Deloitte made this adjustment
to provide a more granular level of insight into market specifics.
Among the study’s
other key findings:
To learn more,
register for the online webinar, “Light on the Horizon in the UK: Indicators ofLearning & Development’s Post-Recession Recovery,” on Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.
ET/15:30 GMT, with senior research analysts Ben Carroll and Jen Krider, Bersin
by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
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