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Finding percentages and percentage change

Finding percentages and percentage change

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Finding percentages and percentage change

​​In a nutshell

Percentages are proportions out of one hundred and are commonly used to describe changes between numbers. They compare how much things such as value have grown or deteriorated over time.

Finding percentages

There are a few different ways you might be asked to find a percentage - it's important to remember that a percentage can be converted to a fraction or a decimal to make things easier. 

Finding a percentage of a value - calculator method

To find a percentage of a value using a calculator, convert the percentage to a fraction and multiply it by the value.

Example 1

Find 19%19\% of 56.56. You may use a calculator for this question.

Convert to a fraction.


Multiply by the value.


Finding a percentage of a value - non-calculator method

To find a percentage of a value without a calculator, split up the percentage into simple percentages, work each one out and add them together.

Example 2

Find 22%22\% of 8989. Do not use a calculator for this question.

Break down 22%22\% into simple percentages.


Work out each one.

10%=89÷10=8.91%=89÷100=0.8910\% = 89\div10=8.9\\1\%=89\div100=0.89

Add them together.


Expressing one value as a percentage of the other

Or you may be asked to express one value as a percentage of another. Simply write the values as a fraction and multiply by one hundred.

Example 3

Express 9393​ as a percentage of 600600.

Write as a fraction.


Multiply by one hundred.

93600×100=15.5\frac{93}{600}\times100 = 15.5

As a percentage, 9393 is 15.5%\underline{15.5\%} of 600600.​

Percentage changes

Percentage changes are calculated using multipliers and result in either a decrease on an increase.



A decimal value that represents a percentage change:

  • A % increase is represented by a multiplier greater than one.
  • A % decrease is represented by a multiplier less than one.

To find a multiplier add or subtract your percentage as a decimal from one.

Using percentage changes

To work out a change in percentage, calculate your multiplier and multiply by the original value.

Example 4

What is £20£20​ after a 17%17\% decrease?

Work out the multiplier: we have a decrease so take 0.170.17  away from one.


Multiply the original value by the multiplier.


Tip: Simple interest involves making the an increase and then multiplying by the number of years.

​​Finding the percentage change 

In some cases you may be asked to work out the percentage change from two values. The formula for this is as follows:

 Percentage change=ChangeOriginal×100\text{Percentage change}= \frac{\text{Change}}{\text{Original}} \times 100​​

Where 'Change' is the new value minus the original value.

Example 5

Work out the percentage change from 600600​ to 735735​.

Work out the change in values.


Use the formula.


The percentage change is positive so there was a percentage increase of 22.5%\underline{22.5\%}.

Finding the original value

Another common kind of percentage task is to work out the original value after a percentage change.



Write the equivalent percentage of the 'new' amount.


Divide to find 1%1\%​.


Multiply to get 100%100\%.

Example 6

The value of a tomato increases by 2.2%2.2\% to 79p79p. What was its original value?

Add 2.2%2.2\% to 100%100\% to find the percentage equivalent to the new value: 79p79p.


Divide by 102.2102.2 to get one percent.

1%=0.7729941291\% = 0.772994129

Multiply by one hundred to find 100%100\% (the original value).

100×0.772994129=77.3p100 \times 0.772994129 = \underline{77.3p } (to one decimal place)​

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