Last reviewed on 22 February 2022
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Get advice on what percentage of your budget should be spent on staffing, and which staffing costs you should include in your calculations.

Work out staffing costs as a percentage of your total budget

There’s no statutory guidance on the percentage of your budget that should be spent on salaries or other staff costs.

Mainstream schools - aim for 70% expenditure on staff The ‘standard’ benchmark for expenditure on staffing is 75%. However, it’s sensible to build a margin into the percentage to avoid overspending. For this reason, aim to spend no more than 70% of your budget on staffing costs. This figure will naturally fluctuate depending on your setting - and on priorities set by