Wednesday - 10 September 2008
Personnel in schools at the tertiary level in November 2007
Almost 3,000 members of staff at the tertiary level
There were 2,948 staff members working 2,298 full-time equivalent jobs in schools at the tertiary level in November 2007, including overtime work. The year before, i.e. in November 2006, there were 2,990 staff members working 2,198 full-time equivalent jobs at the same level. The number of personnel has therefore decreased by 42 (1.4%) since the previous year, while the number of full-time equivalents has increased by one hundred (4.5%). These figures include all staff members, both instructional personnel and others. In November 2007 there were 2,078 teachers employed at the tertiary level working 1,384 full-time equivalent jobs but in November 2006 they were 2,052 working 1,338 full-time equivalent jobs. The number of teaching personnel has therefore increased by 26 (1.3%) whereas the number of full-time equivalents has increased by 45 (3.4%).
The largest age group among instructional personnel is 40-49 years old
The largest age group among instructional personnel is between 40-49 years of age, or 629 teachers (30,3%). Second in place are instructors who are 50-59 years of age. They are 582, or 28.0% of all instructors at the tertiary level. The number of instructors who are younger than 50 years old has decreased by 49 since last year while the number of those who are 50 years and older has increased by 75. This means that the proportion of instructors who are 50 years old and older has increased by more than three percentage points whereas the proportion of those who are younger than 50 years old has decreased by the same number of percentage points.
Many part-time instructors
More than one-half (55.5%) of all instructors at the tertiary level are employed as part-time instructors, many on a temporary basis. This group of instructors works 562 out of 1,384 full-time equivalents jobs, or 40.6%. Professors, assistant professors and lecturers each account for between 11 and 13% of instructional personnel. Professors work 18.4% of full-time equivalent jobs in teaching, assistant professors 14.6% and lecturers 18.5% of all full-time equivalent teaching jobs. In total, the full-time equivalents of these groups of teachers account for around 92% of full-time equivalents in teaching while 8% of full-time equivalents are taught by various professionals and by managers.
More than 23% of instructional personnel hold a Ph.D. degree
Looking at the level of education among instructional personnel it can observed that 23.5% hold a Ph.D. degree. These teachers work 32.7% of full-time equivalent instructional jobs, which is the highest percentage when counting full-time equivalents. Instructors who only hold a first university degree are most numerous when using head-counts, or 37.0%, while working 28.9% of full-time equivalent teaching jobs. Teaching personnel with a master’s or equivalent degree are 28.9% of teaching staff working 31.8% full-time equivalent jobs. Other teaching staff either has an education at the upper secondary level (4.2%) or their education is unknown (6.4%). This group comprises 10.6% of instructional personnel working 6.7% of full-time equivalent teaching jobs.
About the data
Data on personnel in schools at the tertiary level come from the schools and the State Accounting Office. These data include all personnel who were employed by universities and other schools at the tertiary level in November 2007. The data on instructional personnel include everyone who had some instructional duties in November 2007. Instructors who were on leave when the data were collected are not included in the data on instructional personnel. However, they are counted among all staff members if they received salary during the reference period. Education refers to the highest level of education attained.