Studies have shown companies employing fewer than 250 people spend far more per head on training (£417 per employee per year) than those with more than 10,000 employees, which average £73 per employee per year.
The amount of money allocated by companies for training has fallen over the past year from £278 per employee to £272.
The findings from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) also show voluntary sector organisations spend more per employee per year on training (£375) compared to the private sector (£273) and the public sector (£250).
Victoria Winkler, learning and development adviser at the CIPD, said: ‘Learning and development professionals need to make sure key decision-makers within the organisation understand the importance of learning and development and the contribution it can make to business.’
The full version of the survey is on www.cipd.co.uk/surveys