“Teachers play a vital role in the lives of children and, as everyone knows, can make all the difference to their future,” said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. “Teachers’ remuneration and working conditions should be a top priority in order to attract and retain the best in the profession. But attracting the best teachers is not just about pay: it is imperative that classrooms are well-equipped and that teachers have a proper say on modernizing curricula and education reforms.”
The report contained a comparative overview of salaries in 32 European countries (EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia and Turkey) except from Serbia and Switzerland. It covered full-time, fully qualified teachers and school heads at pre-primary, primary, lower secondary and upper secondary education levels. The survey was conducted for the European Commission by the Eurydice network, which provides analyses and information on European education systems and policies.