14.9.2017

Teachers are not getting any younger in Finland

Over 40 per cent of Finnish teaches are over 50 years of age. The biggest share of teacher over 50 can be found in vocational and liberal adult education, where they account for 56 per cent of the teachers. In basic education their share is less than 40 per cent. The proportion is slightly higher in general upper secondary education, 44 per cent.

Diagram-proportion of female teachers and principals 2016

The age structure of the teaching force has not changed very much in Finland, although the older age groups have grown in the OECD countries. The age distribution of teachers in the other Nordic countries is quite similar to the Finnish one.

Still a female-dominated profession

The teaching personnel still also very female-dominated. Women accounted for 77 per cent of the teaching personnel in basic education. The proportion of females was highest among teachers in
migrant education and lowest among principals.

The proportion of female teachers is slightly lower in upper secondary education. The highest proportion of male teachers, 44 per cent, can be found in vocational upper secondary education and training.

The proportion of female and male teachers is similar to the average proportion of OECD countries. The only exception is general upper secondary education, where female teachers account for 70 per cent of the teachers compared to the OECD average of 63 per cent and Eu average of 65.

The data is based on the data collection on teaching staff in Finland 2016.

A leaflet on the main results of the data collection on teaching staff in 2016 is available. An English version of the report teachers and principals in Finland 2016 will be published in autumn 2017.

The statistical data is available in English at Vipunen -Education Statistics Finland. Data is available for 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Over 40 per cent of Finnish teaches are over 50 years of age. The biggest share of teacher over 50 can be found in vocational and liberal adult education, where they account for 56 per cent of the teachers. In basic education their share is less than 40 per cent. The proportion is slightly higher in general upper secondary education, 44 per cent.