Blog Business Entertainment Environment Health Latest News News Analysis Opinion Science Sports Technology Videos World
School Teachers Income, France

Alice Huaut

June 11th, 2023

Around 40 years ago, a newcomer kindergarten and elementary school teacher in France would earn 2.3 times the minimum wage. Today, newcomer elementary school teachers earn 1.2 times the minimum wage.

The De-Indexation of Salaries

This decrease in earnings can be linked directly to a political decision taken at the beginning of the 1980s called de-indexation. Before, when prices of goods would rise, salaries would rise proportionally. Before 1983, this was no longer the case. School teachers will receive bonuses but this additional source of revenue is insufficient to counterbalance the difference between the rise in prices and teacher salaries.

Since this political decision of de-indexation to teacher salaries, teachers have not been able to catch up with the cost of living in France. Likewise, today, French kindergarten and elementary school teachers are part of the least well-paid kindergarten and elementary school teachers in Europe. This comparison is for both teachers at the start and the end of their careers. For example, a teacher in France with 15 years of seniority earns twice as less as their German counterparts.

In addition, French kindergarten and elementary school teachers work more than the average kindergarten and elementary school teacher in Europe with a total of 920 hours a week. To this total, the unconsidered work of teachers, consisting of preparation and correction time required to perform their job must be added. One out of two teachers declares working more than 43 hours per week whilst spending 25 to 30 hours a week in class, interacting with students.

An Unattractive Profession

All over France, teachers declare professional exhaustion from harsh working conditions and are unmotivated by the limited career prospects. As a result, teachers are increasingly dissatisfied and only 6.6 percent of kindergarten and elementary school teachers feel valued by society.

A Problem for the State

Consequently, the French state is struggling to hire teachers. In 2022, more than 4,000 jobs were vacant. To make the profession more attractive, Emmanuel Macron has made changes to the bonuses teachers receive. All kindergarten and elementary school teachers will receive a bonus of 100 euros net at the start of the 2023 school year in September and this bonus may reach 230 euros net for beginner teachers.

Furthermore, if elementary teachers offer to help 6th-grade middle school students with their homework, in addition to their mandatory hours, they will be compensated 69 euros an hour. Nonetheless, the additional bonuses remain inferior to the rise of purchasing power linked to high inflation in 2023. Likewise, the additional hours teachers have to work create the assumption that teachers have extra time on their hands.

Share This Post On

Tags: #de-indexation #schoolteachers


Leave a comment

You need to login to leave a comment. Log-in is a Global Media House Initiative by Socialnetic Infotainment Private Limited.

TheSocialTalks was founded in 2020 as an alternative to mainstream media which is fraught with misinformation, disinformation and propaganda. We have a strong dedication to publishing authentic news that abides by the principles and ethics of journalism. We are an organisation driven by a passion for truth and justice in society.

Our team of journalists and editors from all over the world work relentlessly to deliver real stories affecting our society. To keep our operations running, We need sponsors and subscribers to our news portal. Kindly sponsor or subscribe to make it possible for us to give free access to our portal and it will help writers and our cause. It will go a long way in running our operations and publishing real news and stories about issues affecting us.

Your contributions help us to expand our organisation, making our news accessible to more everyone and deepening our impact on the media.

Support fearless and fair journalism today.