Education: The University of Spain Faces The Exit of 50% of its Professors in Seven Years

The average age of professors at the public University is 54 years. The entity is so old that from 2016 to 2023 it will lose - it is losing - 16,200 teachers (16.76% of its workforce). Half of the highest paid and highest-about 5,400 professors-and 6,300 of the professors (almost 20%).

 To these workers will be added another 4,500 non-civil servants: substitutes, associates, visitors or contracted doctor. A panorama that alarms the universities, who since the outbreak of the crisis have seen their staffs dwindle and become precarious due to lack of funds and low replacement rates for retirees. Between 2012 and January 2018 the officials and the teaching interns decreased 13.7% (6,731) and 11.3% increased employment (5,664).

In this relay the Socialist government aspires that there is no avalanche of stable contracts that "close the doors to the next generations", in the words of José Manuel Pingarrón, general secretary of Universities.That does not happen as in 1984-With the same party- when in a couple of days they became officials with very loose suitability tests to non-numerary professors (penene, not fixed) who had more than five years of teaching.

The Socialists want the opposition competitions - called by the campuses according to their budgets after the autonomic approval - to be extended, but improving the situation of those who start their professional career, ensuring continuity and decent salary conditions. "That the researchers are not doctor assistants with 40 years or earn 500 euros a month," Pingarrón explains.
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