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Social dialogue in this sector covers:
Between 2001-08, the proportion of GDP dedicated to education in the EU remained stable at around 5%, with considerable disparities between countries - some of which experienced significant changes during the period. Staff costs represent around 70% of annual education expenditure, covering some 15 million staff members. Most teachers at primary and secondary level are women (over 60%), but not in tertiary education. From the beginning of 2010, available figures suggest that the effects of the continuing recession have started to be felt in certain countries, local government areas, levels of education, types of schools (private schools dependent wholly or partly on student fees) and types of jobs (non-teaching).
The professional development of teachers and school heads is a key factor in ensuring successful outcomes for students. Efforts must be increased to attract more suitably qualified people to the profession and to combat the teacher shortages that may face many European countries in the future.
The Committee is currently focusing on:
Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.
See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).