Training expenditures have increased among U.K. organizations.

Spending on learning and development in the United Kingdom is on the rise—a new survey found that the country's spending increased 11 percent between 2014 and 2015. That comes out to 1,068 British pounds (US$1,514) per learner, according to the Bersin by Deloitte report UK Corporate Learning Factbook 2016: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the UK Training Market.

The spending increase is a welcome change as the region moves on from the economic recession, which hurt L&D initiatives.

"2008 and 2009 in particular were very dark periods for organizations within the U.K.," said Ben Carroll, a senior research analyst, during a webinar. This resulted in many budget and staffing cuts—and learning and development was hit hard. "Practitioners were expected to do a lot more with less, and to remain reliable as well as remain effective."


As a result, the L&D that did occur became heavily outsourced. Now, though, things seem to be turning around—in fact, allocations for outsourced services were just 14 percent in 2015, compared with 41 percent in 2009. "These data indicated that the United Kingdom's economic recovery is manifesting itself through more confident spending across L&D practices," said Dani Johnson, the vice president of learning and development research for Bersin by Deloitte, in a statement.

Between January and August 2015, Bersin by Deloitte gathered information from 220 organizations in the United Kingdom. It found that the main delivery method for L&D is still instructor-led training, even though it dropped to 32 percent of training hours in 2015 from 77 percent in 2009. E-learning content grew the most, making up 19 percent of L&D in 2015 compared with 12 percent in 2009.

Training hours overall are on the rise, too. Each employee received 16.2 training hours in 2015, versus 14.5 in 2012—close to pre-recession levels. During the recession, U.K. organizations slashed training hours by nearly 50 percent. Staffing also has risen as the economy has improved.