Employee Training Statistics


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Report Highlights

  • 6 out of every 10 employees today say they have never had any training at their workplaces and that their skills are largely self-taught.
  • 94% of employees say they would remain at the same company if it invested in their learning and training.
  • CEOs spend 20% more time training and learning soft skills compared to the average time a normal learner spends.
  • In 2020, 16% of learning and development professionals used surveys to evaluate learner satisfaction from training programs as compared to 27% this year.
  • 6 out of every 10 employees worldwide believe that training allows them to be more capacitive to accommodate change.
  • Half of the employees say they do not have time for training at their workplaces, and 61% of learning and development professionals acknowledge the lack of time as an obstacle.
  • Trainees find out about 56% of learning programs from within the corporate circle.
  • Online course provider Udemy says that by 2025, 50% of employees will require reskilling.
Employee Training Statistics
Employee Training Statistics

The Push for Learning and Development

  • 27% of learning and development professionals say their CEOs are actively pushing for learning and training.
  • 55% of these professionals further say that they take their executives as channels of encouraging training.
  • Executives in large enterprises (over 5,000 employees) are the biggest proponents of learning and training; 60% of learning and development pros leverage them to enable learning.
  • In comparison, for mid-market companies (1,001 to 5,000 employees), the percentage is 51% and 50% for small organizations (200 to 1000 employees).
  • 27% of small organizations believe that learning and development is a key priority to their business while this percentage is 29% and 38% for mid-size and large enterprises respectively.
  • 26% of small organizations build up corporate mandates and executive initiatives targeted at employee learning. In comparison, 28% of mid-market companies and 36% of enterprises do so.
  • 68% of learning and development pros in Canada, 66% in the US, and 67% in South East Asia say that CEOs are actively pushing for such programs.

Numbers in Finances

The Training Industry Report by Training magazine surveyed 202 respondents; 40% from small companies, 34% from mid-sized companies, and 26% from large companies.

The report found that:

  • Training in the US took a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic as spending in it declined to $82.5 billion, and laid off employees caused the training payroll to drop by about 18% to $42.4 billion.
  • The average amount spent in training by the large companies (more than 10,000 employees) was $22 million in 2020, a rise from the $17.7 million in 2019.
  • The figure was $900,000 for mid-sized companies (1,000 to 9,999 employees) and an average of $808,000 for small companies (100-999 employees).
  • Other training expenditures, for instance, travel expenses, increased to $29.4 billion in 2020 from $23.8 billion the previous year.
  • Last year, organizations allocated an average of 16% of their budget to training tools and tech.
  • 29% of learning and development budgets are spent on creating or buying the content or programs to be used in the learning. 17% is spent on building and assuring compliance training to employees.
  • 16% is invested in pushing the learning programs to employees, 15% to identify the skills lacking, and another 15% in investing time with managers to determine the learning gaps.
  • A final 10% is used to push the ideas of learning programs to the company executives.

The Adoption and Impact of Learning Management Systems (LMS)

  • 83% of companies use a learning management system.
  • 72% of companies become more competitive after adopting an LMS.
  • Four out of five companies in the Fortune 500 employ the extensive use of an LMS to retain competitiveness.
  • Tech companies are the biggest buyers of LMSs globally, with a proportion of 30%.
  • Organizations that use LMSs have retained it for more than two years, with 88% of those switching citing a poor user experience.

Online Training Statistics

  • Nine out of ten employees are champions of flexibility saying they would do training from anywhere or at any time.
  • 85% of employees prefer to have training plans that slot into their schedules.
  • 80% of employees see frequent and regular training to be more important than formal workplace training.
  • A third of employees find training methods employed by their companies to be outdated.
  • 91% of employees prefer having employee-specific training, with the opinion that it is more beneficial and relevant, and 75% of training professionals believe their companies are taking steps to achieve that in the future.
  • While three-quarters of employees believe employees should receive training on digital skills, only under half of them have received such training from their employers.

Leadership and Compliance Training

  • There is a 60% higher probability of employees who are outsourced to be released from their jobs as compared to employees who are internally promoted.
  • Six in ten millennials at companies are proponents for leadership training, as compared to 67% of Generation X who prefer external coaching.
  • The presence of training gaps in companies is evidenced by the fact that only 42% of important roles at the company can be instantly filled by present employees.
  • 23% of companies do not perform any compliance training for their employees.
  • Four out of ten organizations consider their compliance training programs to be simple or reactive.
  • 12% of companies have invested in cutting-edge compliance training programs.
  • 30% of organizations do not evaluate the effectiveness of the compliance training programs they put in place.

Areas of Focus in Employee Training

  • In 2021, 59% of learning and development programs have prioritized time investment in upskilling and reskilling.
  • 53% have chosen leadership and management as the area of primary focus, while 33% are prioritising virtual onboarding.
  • In comparison, in 2020, evaluating the impact of learning was the area of focus for 38% of learning programs.
  • 35% of the programs sought to increase learner engagement, while another 35% of the said programs were focused on self and online learning solutions for employees.
  • 32% were fixated on finding skill and development gaps, and 29% on including learning into other talent plans.

The Role of Employee Training In Diversity and Inclusion

  • Companies invested in diversity programs are 22% more likely to be perceived as industry giants with top talents, and 12% more probable to be seen as proper working environments for people from varying backgrounds.
  • In 28% of organizations, training and diversity teams work together in the creation of strategies to enhance diversity and inclusion.
  • 12% of organizations have the training team in charge of building and executing diversity and inclusion programs.
  • 15% of companies lack diversity and inclusion programs, but they say that they are planning to start one.

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Goals and Obstacles


  • In 2020, 34% of training programs sought to increase job satisfaction for their employees.
  • 44% of these programs targeted improving employee engagement while 46% wanted to boost organizational growth.
  • In addition, 62% of training programs had the goal of bridging the gap in skills at their respective companies.


  • 61% of companies cite the lack of time as the biggest challenge associated with training, 42% complain of budget constraints.
  • 38% of training professionals are required to prove the ROI of training, while 31% find it hard to choose a suitable learning and development program.
  • 64% of leaders say their biggest challenge is developing leaders for the next generation, and 60% say the challenge is to attract or retain top talent.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Before the pandemic hit, 63% of all training programs were conducted in person.

In a 2020 workplace learning report, LinkedIn found that;

  • 38% of companies spent less on Instructor-Led Training (ILT), 27% spent the same, and 21% spent more as compared to the year before.
  • The budgets allocated for online learning for employees were less for 9% of the companies, the same for 18% and more for 57% of the companies between the two years.
  • Generally, 57% of learning and development pros spent more time in online training as compared to three years ago, while 37% of these pros spent less time on ILT than they did three years ago.
  • In 2021, 73% of companies expect to invest less time in instructor-led training as compared to before, while a whopping 79% see more time invested into online learning modules.


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