Staff training budgets grew to 3.1 percent of annual salaries last year - the highest since 2009 - as companies want to develop and retain staff, a survey by personnel experts shows.
This is the second-biggest proportion since 2004, the study by the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management found.
A total of 79 companies with 45,225 employees were polled in November and December last year.
The study found, however, that though 74.7 percent of the companies had a training budget last year - this was down from 79.7 percent in 2012.
More companies are using e-learning for training, said Ip Wah-shun, vice chairman of the IHRM learning and development committee.
"E-learning is more interesting for increasing employees' sense of belonging," he said.