Estonia - Social dialogue in education – wage development - June 30, 2016

In the framework of a joint project on social dialogue capacity building, the European social partners in education gathered around the table Estonian education social partners. Trade union EEPU discussed the need to develop and strengthen social dialogue with representatives from the ministry of education and research, the Association of municipalities, the vocational education department and the adult education department. Among the discussed items were teachers working conditions, teachers’ wages, the lack of attractiveness of the teaching profession, municipalities’ governance issues, as well as the low rate of unionisation of teachers. Recent data indicate that in the first four months of 2016 the average monthly salary of teachers of municipal schools was 1,135 euros, which marks a year-on-year rise of 6.3 per cent. The strategic goal is to raise the average pay of teachers by 2019 to a level equalling 120 per cent of the national average wage. The state's support to local governments to top up the teacher payroll increased this year by 13.2 million euros or 7.3 per cent, to 196 million euros. The national minimum salary for teachers, i.e. the smallest amount schools can pay a full-time teacher per month in 2015, is 958 euro.

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