Researchers analysed figures from various surveys showing that spending in real terms on training fell by only 5% from 2007 to 2009, and has remained steady since. They also spoke to managers from 52 companies and found that almost all remained committed to keeping their training schemes going.
In an article in the December edition of the journal Work, Employment and Society, the researchers say that “a combination of market intervention and business requirements obliged most employers to sustain training despite the recession.” Employers had turned to more cost-effective ways of training, such as online courses.
The researchers analysed data from the National Employer Skills Survey, which showed that total UK training expenditure rose from £38.6bn in 2007 to £39.2bn in 2009, a real terms fall of 5% when inflation is considered.
They also examined the British Chambers of Commerce quarterly survey of 2,000 firms, which found that from 2010 to the middle of 2011 more employers said their training had increased recently than said it had decreased. The CBI Industrial Trends survey of 5,000 firms, which looked at predictions about training spend in the year ahead, showed more companies over the same period were positive than negative about training.