Training Industry

Size of Training Industry

  • Size of Training Industry

OVERVIEW

Several organizations within the training industry estimate the size of the market by comparing internal research to economic data. TrainingIndustry.com uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis along with data collected from annual Top Training Company studies. TrainingIndustry.com's estimates of the global spend compared to North American spend is below. Note that data related to spend includes all dollars spent by companies for training activities, including insourced and outsourced spend.

This data does not include expenditures related to consumers' spend for training programs (individuals taking training courses for personal or non-work related development); or revenues for educational institutions (universities and for-profit educational companies); nor revenues of community colleges from students paying tuition. It does include dollars paid by corporations to educational institutions for corporate training initiatives.

Global Spend (USD)

North America (USD)

Rest of World (USD)

Annual Growth Rate

2015

$355.6B

$160.0B

$195.6B

10.4%

2014

$322.2B

$150.2B

$172.0B

4.9%

2013

$306.9B

$141.7B

$165.2B

5.2%

2012

$291.7B

$131.3B

$160.4B

2.0%

2011

$286.0B

$128.7B

$157.3B

5.5%

2010

$271.1B

$122.0B

$149.1B

10.9%

2009

$244.4B

$110.0B

$134.4B

-17.3%

2008

$295.6B

$133.0B

$162.6B

-2.2%

2007

$302.2B

$136.0B

$166.2B

NA

SOURCING BREAKDOWN

TrainingIndustry.com estimates that companies spend an average of 42% of their training budget on external (outsourced) suppliers, while approximately 58% of their budgets are spent on insourced resources.

It is estimated that the outsourced market for training services in North America (NA) was approximately $67.2B in 2015; while the insourced spend for training activities was approximately $92.8B in 2015.

Of the outsourced spend in North America in 2015, Training BPO (business process outsourcing) deals comprise an estimated 4.5%-4.8% of the market. The Training BPO market consists of comprehensive and selective outsourcing engagements, of which selective outsourcing engagements are growing the fastest. 

COMPARATIVE DATA

The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) estimated that organizations in the United States spent approximately $171.5 billion on employee training and development in 2010, according to their 2011 State of the Industry Report. In ASTD's 2012 State of the Industry Report, they estimate that U.S. organizations spent approximately $156.2 billion on employee learning and development in 2011. 

SOURCES

  • TrainingIndustry.com
  • American Society of Training & Development (ASTD) 2011 State of the Industry Report
  • American Society of Training & Development (ASTD) 2012 State of the Industry Report
  • U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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