U.K. Education Spending 1981-2021

General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of total general government expenditure on all sectors (including health, education, social services, etc.). It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.
  • U.K. education spending for 2017 was 14.19%, a 0.36% increase from 2016.
  • U.K. education spending for 2016 was 13.83%, a 0.01% decline from 2015.
  • U.K. education spending for 2015 was 13.84%, a 0.17% increase from 2014.
  • U.K. education spending for 2014 was 13.67%, a 0.75% increase from 2013.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Education Spending (% of GDP)
Chile 21.31%
Andorra 18.96%
Hong Kong 17.84%
Iceland 17.69%
New Zealand 16.66%
Norway 16.01%
Cyprus 15.87%
Sweden 15.80%
Israel 15.72%
Switzerland 15.58%
Denmark 15.26%
Uruguay 14.94%
United Kingdom 14.19%
Australia 13.61%
Macao 13.48%
Ireland 13.47%
Malta 13.47%
Argentina 13.26%
San Marino 13.10%
Barbados 12.88%
Estonia 12.75%
Belgium 12.49%
Netherlands 12.19%
Slovenia 12.02%
Latvia 11.97%
Finland 11.87%
Lithuania 11.82%
Poland 11.06%
Portugal 11.06%
Germany 11.04%
Austria 10.95%
Spain 10.23%
Hungary 10.07%
Czech Republic 9.90%
Slovak Republic 9.76%
France 9.68%
Croatia 8.66%
Qatar 8.56%
Luxembourg 8.53%
Japan 8.38%
Italy 8.31%
Bermuda 7.77%
Bahrain 7.18%
Monaco 6.98%
U.K. Education Spending - Historical Data
Year Education Spending (% of GDP) Annual Change
2017 14.19% 0.36%
2016 13.83% -0.01%
2015 13.84% 0.17%
2014 13.67% 0.75%
2013 12.92% 0.22%
2011 12.70% -0.33%
2010 13.03% 0.41%
2009 12.61% -0.34%
2008 12.95% -0.08%
2007 13.03% -0.10%
2006 13.14% -0.04%
2005 13.17% 0.24%
2004 12.94% -0.66%
2003 13.60% 0.09%
2002 13.51% 1.26%
2001 12.26% 0.24%
2000 12.02% 0.27%
1999 11.75% -0.47%
1998 12.22% 0.46%
1996 11.76% -0.21%
1995 11.97% 0.08%
1994 11.89% 0.70%
1992 11.19% 0.28%
1991 10.91% -0.25%
1990 11.17% 0.03%
1989 11.14% 0.35%
1988 10.79% 0.28%
1987 10.51% 0.29%
1986 10.22% -0.24%
1985 10.46% -0.75%
1984 11.21% -0.20%
1983 11.41% -0.19%
1982 11.60% -1.04%
1981 12.64% -1.04%