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Percentage of UK companies that outsource training


Could anyone give me a percentage of UK companies that outsource their soft skills, sales and leadership training

Many Thanks

Rich Lucas

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  1. Outsourcing of training
    I have looked for data on this before but without luck. The Keynote survey which is about the biggest acknowledges that there are few statistics in this area but that outsourcing is on the increase.
    My own view – which is an informed guess but still a guess – is that the real trend is in multiple sourcing (small in-house provision plus 2 or 3 key suppliers). The majority of organisations I come across still ‘own’ the provision even though they may buy in some or all of the delivery.
    So, my guess is that about 5-10% of organisations have gone the whole hog and fully outsourced the type of training you are talking about. Maybe 60-70% either buy in, or send people away to, commercial providers to a greater or lesser extent. Perhaps 15-20% buy in freelance associates to work with the in-house team. That leaves about 10-20% where most if not all the delivery is done in-house.
    I’d be really interested in yours and others’ views as this really is a stab in the dark.


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