The rise in spending stems from the inflated budgets for training staff salaries. They rose 66% or $37.5 billion, versus 64% in 2000.
Outside expenses such as customized training materials, off-the-shelf materials, seminars, and conferences, remained steady at more than $19 billion.
Although expenses for seminars and conferences were unchanged at $7 billion, the category has increased to 59% of all training costs over the past three years.
Also noteworthy were the double-digit swings that took place among various-sized organizations from last year to this year.
Of those responding to the survey, mid-sized companies (1,000-9,999 employees) and large-sized companies (50,000 or more employees) posted double-digit drops in overall training budgets and salaries, while smaller companies posted double-digit gains.
- Despite the repeated predictions that online delivery methods will one day take a bite out of the classroom, 77% of all training is still conducted by an instructor in a classroom, a 4 % increase from last year.
- Training both via computer and instructor-led from a remote location dropped by 2% and 1%, respectively.
- 37% of all US employer-sponsored training is devoted to teaching computer skills.
- Computer skills remain the most popular topic to teach via computer-delivered means, comprising 53% of such courses. And CD-ROM once again remains the medium of choice for computer-delivered training.
- Traditional classroom training remains as popular a method for teaching computer skills as it is for teaching other subjects. Some 74% – up from 72% last year – of all IT training is delivered in classrooms by live instructors.
The study describes the training activities of US organizations with 100 or more employees.