High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: December, 2016
R&D Business Expenditure
Scottish expenditure decreased by 0.8% in real terms compared to 2014 figures. UK expenditure increased by 4.9% in real terms over this period.
BERD expenditure was 0.60% of Scottish GDP in 2015, the comparable figure was 1.11% for the UK.
Within the UK, a high share of BERD expenditure takes place within the South East (22.5%) and the East of England (20.0%) regions, which together are responsible for 42.5% of all R&D expenditure in the UK. In terms of expenditure as a percentage of GDP, Scotland ranked ninth out of the 12 UK regions/countries in 2015.
The graph below shows how Scotland compares against other areas of the UK – in terms of BERD expenditure as a share of GDP.
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Source: ONS and Scottish Government