U.K. Education Spending 1981-2024

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 2020 was 10.56%, a 2.99% decline from 2019.
  • U.K. education spending for 2019 was 13.55%, a 0.2% increase from 2018.
  • U.K. education spending for 2018 was 13.34%, a 0.42% decline from 2017.
  • U.K. education spending for 2017 was 13.76%, a 0.31% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Education Spending (% of GDP)
Hong Kong 20.62%
Puerto Rico 19.44%
Saudi Arabia 19.06%
Curacao 16.41%
Uruguay 16.36%
Greenland 16.25%
Israel 15.60%
Iceland 15.28%
New Zealand 14.44%
Australia 14.43%
Faroe Islands 14.36%
Estonia 14.35%
Switzerland 14.24%
Latvia 13.76%
Sweden 13.64%
British Virgin Islands 13.16%
Cyprus 12.99%
Malta 12.79%
United States 12.65%
Macao 12.30%
Bermuda 12.29%
Oman 12.21%
Lithuania 12.03%
Denmark 11.94%
Argentina 11.92%
Kuwait 11.91%
Singapore 11.91%
Trinidad and Tobago 11.77%
UAE 11.71%
Turks and Caicos Islands 11.62%
Barbados 11.49%
Ireland 11.33%
Bahamas 11.24%
Slovenia 11.22%
Belgium 11.19%
St. Kitts and Nevis 11.12%
Netherlands 11.02%
Czech Republic 10.77%
Poland 10.66%
United Kingdom 10.56%
Luxembourg 10.55%
Panama 10.24%
Finland 10.23%
Portugal 10.15%
Norway 10.14%
Slovak Republic 10.07%
Canada 10.00%
Croatia 9.98%
Bahrain 9.37%
Qatar 9.32%
Hungary 9.18%
Germany 9.18%
Seychelles 9.17%
Andorra 8.99%
Antigua and Barbuda 8.94%
Spain 8.89%
Austria 8.89%
Italy 7.47%
Greece 7.46%
Japan 7.31%
San Marino 5.79%
U.K. Education Spending - Historical Data
Year Education Spending (% of GDP) Annual Change
2020 10.56% -2.99%
2019 13.55% 0.20%
2018 13.34% -0.42%
2017 13.76% 0.31%
2016 13.45% -0.04%
2015 13.49% 0.14%
2014 13.35% 0.69%
2013 12.66% 0.53%
2012 12.13% -0.34%
2011 12.47% -0.31%
2010 12.78% 0.40%
2009 12.38% -0.35%
2008 12.73% -0.11%
2007 12.84% -0.12%
2006 12.96% -0.04%
2005 13.00% 0.24%
2004 12.76% -0.64%
2003 13.40% 0.07%
2002 13.33% 1.24%
2001 12.08% 0.23%
2000 11.85% 0.25%
1999 11.60% -0.50%
1998 12.10% 0.46%
1996 11.64% -0.22%
1995 11.85% 0.08%
1994 11.78% 0.66%
1992 11.12% 0.28%
1991 10.84% -0.26%
1990 11.10% 0.01%
1989 11.09% 0.34%
1988 10.75% 0.24%
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%