Cover of higher education & research in France, facts and figures

📄 Source:MENESR-DEPP.

 Coverage:Metropolitan France + overseas departments (DOM).

The data presented here have been extracted from the Agora, Poppee-Bib and Poppee-Itrf management directories (February 2015). The non-teaching staff listed are staff who are active and paid from the “Higher education courses and university research” and “Student life” budgets in higher education institutions. Non-teaching staff working in autonomous institutions applying the provisions of the Law on University Freedoms and Responsibilities (LRU) have been taken into account. Staff working in university service networks (about 2,400) have also been included in the numbers, unlike in previous years. The changes are noted in this broader scope.

This scope differs from that of the National Social Report 2015-16, part 2, Ministry of Higher Education and Research: in terms of non-teaching personnel, the Social Report takes into account numbers of non-tenured personnel paid mostly out of the institution's budget who are not listed in the management directories.

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05 non-teaching staff in public higher education under the responsability of the french ministry of education, higher education and research

In 2015-16, 60,200 non-teaching staff fulfilled administrative, technical or support functions in public higher education and research institutions (excluding scientific and technological public institutions).

In the academic year 2015-16, 60,200 staff carried out administrative, technical or supervisory functions in public higher education institutions (table 05.01). Engineers and technical staff for research and training (ITRF) made up the majority of non-teaching staff (67%) (chart 05.02). Their number has increased significantly since 2009-10 (+ 15%), especially among the category B and A posts (+ 28.7% and + 22.6% respectively). Administrative, healthcare and social personnel (ASS) represented one quarter of higher education non-teaching staff in 2015. They lost 20% of their personnel over the period. This decrease was particularly marked for staff in category C (- 26%) and B (- 19%). By contrast, the number of personnel in category A increased by 6% between 2009 and 2015.

Irrespective of the profession, category C employees make up the largest proportion. This is especially the case for ASS, as over half the staff belong to this category (52%). They represent 41% of ITRF and 39% of library personnel.

Personnel in category A account for around a third of ITRF and library staff, but only 20% of ASS. A quarter of the ITRF and ASS personnel are in category B. Slightly more library staff are in this category (31%).

Staff are predominantly female (63%), but the proportion of women differs according to the profession (chart 05.03). They are especially well represented among ASS personnel (83%) and account for 69% of library personnel and 55% of ITRF.

The average age of staff is around 47. ASS personnel are slightly older (47.6) than their ITRF (46.4) and library (45.7) counterparts (table 05.01).

Most non-teaching staff in higher education included within the scope (see opposite) have tenure. Those who are non-tenured work almost exclusively in the ASS branch. Around 7% of staff have a part-time job. This proportion varies according to the position held and the management category. It is therefore more common among ASS staff (16.9%) than ITRF (3%) or library personnel (7.8%). Part-time work is also more frequent among category C staff in ASS sectors.

📄 Source:MENESR-DEPP.
 Coverage:Metropolitan France + overseas departments (DOM).

How to cite this paper :

PROUTEAU Danielle. Non-teaching staff in public higher education under the responsability of the french ministry of education, higher education and research. In: Higher education & research in France, facts and figures - 49 indicators [online]. KABLA-LANGLOIS Isabelle (dir.). Paris: Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, 2017. 10th ed. Chapter 05 [Accessed 07/20/2019]. ISBN 978-2-11-152033-2. https://publication.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/eesr/10EN/EESR10EN_ES_05-non_teaching_staff_in_public_higher_education_under_the_responsability_of_the_french_ministry_of_education_higher_education_and_research-ILL_02.php

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The data presented here have been extracted from the Agora, Poppee-Bib and Poppee-Itrf management directories (February 2015). The non-teaching staff listed are staff who are active and paid from the “Higher education courses and university research” and “Student life” budgets in higher education institutions. Non-teaching staff working in autonomous institutions applying the provisions of the Law on University Freedoms and Responsibilities (LRU) have been taken into account. Staff working in university service networks (about 2,400) have also been included in the numbers, unlike in previous years. The changes are noted in this broader scope.

This scope differs from that of the National Social Report 2015-16, part 2, Ministry of Higher Education and Research: in terms of non-teaching personnel, the Social Report takes into account numbers of non-tenured personnel paid mostly out of the institution's budget who are not listed in the management directories.

 

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Numbers of non-teaching staff
60,201
 non-teaching staff
2015
Metropolitan France + overseas departments
 
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Coverage: higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR)
Source: MENESR-DEPP
Number of engineers and technical staff for research and training (ITRF)
40,173
 Engineers and technical staff for research and training (ITRF)
2015
Metropolitan France + overseas departments
 
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Coverage: higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR)
Source: MENESR-DEPP
Number of administrative, health and social personnel (ASS)
15,458
 administrative, social and healthcare staff
2015
Metropolitan France + overseas departments
 
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Coverage: higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR)
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Number of library staff
4,489
 library staff
2015
Metropolitan France + overseas departments
 
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Share of women in non-teaching staff
63.2%
 
2015
Metropolitan France + overseas departments
 
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Coverage: higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR)
Source: MENESR-DEPP

05.01 Administrative, technical and support staff in 2015-16 (paid from the 'Higher education courses and university research' and 'Student life' budgets)

 
Numbers of staff Average age Share of women (%) Share of part-time (%)
Engineers, technical staff for research and training (ITRF) Category A Research engineers 2,454 48.3 37.0 0.9
Design engineers 7,243 45.5 51.3 1.7
Assistant engineers 3,451 44.5 48.9 0.9
Total category A 13,148 45.7 48.0 1.3
Category B Research technicians 10,506 45.9 55.1 2.3
Category C Technical assistants 16,519 47.2 60.2 4.8
Total ITRF 40,173 46.4 54.9 3.0
Administrative, health and social (ASS) staff Category A Educational and civil administrators 189 50.5 52.9 0.0
Managing directors and central admin. directors 1 139 52.3 36.0 0.0
State administration attachés 2,387 48.0 67.0 8.1
Nurses 286 51.3 96.9 37.8
Other category A bodies 105 53.3 60.0 1.0
Total category A 3,106 48.8 67.3 9.8
Category B Administration secretaries 3,811 46.9 84.7 16.1
Social services assistants & nurses 223 47.0 97.3 27.4
Total category B 4,034 46.9 85.4 16.7
Category C Administrative assistants 7,860 47.8 89.7 20.7
Technical assistants in educational institutions 124 51.9 46.0 1.6
Total category C 7,984 47.9 89.0 20.4
Tenured 15,124 47.8 83.6 17.2
Non-tenured 334 38.3 63.2 4.5
Total ASS 15,458 47.6 83.2 16.9
Libraries Category A Library custodians 860 46.0 67.7 5.9
Librarians 504 45.7 77.0 7.9
Total category A 1,364 45.9 71.1 6.7
Catégorie B Library assistants  and technicians 1,379 44.7 76.6 10.0
Category C Warehouse keepers 1,746 46.4 61.9 6.8
Total libraries 4,489 45.7 69.2 7.8
Management, inspection, education, careers guidance (DIEO) Category A Inspectors 4 53.0 25.0 0.0
Principal education adviser 50 43.3 56.0 nd
Careers advice personnel 2 47.5 100.0 nd
Category A teachers 25 48.1 52.0 16
Total DIEO 81 45.3 54.3 nd
All staff 2 60,201 46.7 63.2 6.9
of which tenured 59,867 46.7 63.2 7.0
of which non-tenured 334 38.3 63.2 4.5
 

1 Managing directors and directors of central administration.
2 without DIEO for the part-time calculation.

📄 Source:MENESR-DEPP
 Coverage: Metropolitan France + overseas departments (DOM).

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05.02 Non-teaching staff - Distribution by type of staff in 2015-16 (%)

ITRF
ASS
Libraries
DIEO
  
 
 
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05.03 Proportion of women in main bodies of non-teaching staff in 2015-16 (%)

Research engineers
Assistant engineers
Design engineer
Technicians
Technical assistants
Warehouse staff
All
Administration attachés
Library custodians
Library assistants  and technicians
Librarians
Administration secretaries
Administrative assistants
 
 
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Other editions

Etat de l'enseignement supérieur et de la rechercheHigher education & research in France, facts and figures 9th edition - November 2016
05 - non-teaching staff in public higher education under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research - Danielle Prouteau
In 2014-15, 56,500 non-teaching staff fulfilled administrative, technical or support functions in public higher education and research institutions (excluding scientific and technological public institutions) [Consult the following page]
Etat de l'enseignement supérieur et de la rechercheHigher education & research in France, facts and figures 8th edition - November 2015
05 - non-teaching staff in public higher education under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research - Danielle Prouteau
In 2013-2014, 54,700 non-teaching staff fulfilled administrative, technical or support functions in public higher education institutions [Consult the following page]

Translation

 Etat de l'enseignement supérieur et de la rechercheL'état de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche en France n°10 - Avril 2017
05 - les personnels non-enseignants de l’enseignement supérieur public sous tutelle du MENESR - Danielle Prouteau
En 2015-16, 60 200 non-enseignants assurent des fonctions administratives, techniques ou d’encadrement au sein des établissements publics de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (hors établissements publics à caractère scientifique et technologique) [Consult the following page in french]


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