What % of your turnover goes on training ? What % of your turnover goes on training ?

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  • Usually zero

    11 52.38%
  • 0-1%

    4 19.05%
  • 1.000001 to 2%

    1 4.76%
  • 2.000001 to 5%

    3 14.29%
  • More then 5%

    1 4.76%
  • AndyW's mum trains me in her cellar tastefully decorated in 50 shades of grey

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    Default What % of your turnover goes on training ?

    What % of your turnover goes on training for new skills, maintaining existing, including books, etc.

    The impression I get is that contractors under-invest in their primary asset-their skills.
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    About 1% for me this year - often less than that. But then, I have a huge turnover. The trouble is, I've either done all the courses relevant to my skillset, or I've already got the skill through working it out for myself.

    The 1% this year was a workshop for some new technology that I'll be working with later in the year.
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    Virtually 0. But I never paid to get my skills as a permie, and nor did anyone else - I've always learned by doing. A project has some side work in new tech X so I take it on and learn a bit about X.

    Actually I do spend freely on books when I need them, On the basis that spending an hour looking at books to choose one, I could have just bought 3 and done some work for the same net cost.

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    The problem with training courses isn't just the cost of the course - it's the lost billing days too.
    Thinking I might see what's around at the end of this gig - haven't done a formal course for years.

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    I would like to do the CQF (Dominic's course) Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF) - Mathematical Finance Qualification | CQF

    But it's too damn expensive at over 10k sterling ..

    I'm paying a maths PhD to teach me the same stuff at a much lower cost

    The certificate itself is not recognised anywhere, especially outside of the UK

    Dominic, why not make it 5k? Its largely self study anyway

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    0%. Books are a waste of time compared to all the free (and more up to date) information available online, and training courses are only for the gullible, unless very specific.
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    Books may get out of date but there's a big difference (to me) between reading and figuring out the official documentation from MS, and reading a book which has done the figuring out part for me. It's a bit like at university - you could skip all your lectures and learn from the textbooks but it's not generally as easy.

    Plus I have no interest in keep right on the bleeding edge; I'd distrust any company who wants to do a project in tech so new there aren't any books on it. And staying up to speed is a full-time job, I'd rather get good at a tech and use it
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
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    Done.

    0%. Books are a waste of time
    You've read a book?
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    Probably spent €10k on software over the last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussielong View Post
    I'm paying a maths PhD to teach me the same stuff at a much lower cost
    Must be expensive, what with the special needs supplement.
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