Proportion of employees with third-cycle qualifications increased in 2015

Employees with research and teaching duties are increasingly well-educated. Over the last ten years, the percentage of research and teaching employees with a third-cycle qualification has increased from 61 to 68 per cent, according to new statistics from UKÄ (Swedish Higher Education Authority).

In October 2015, the number of employees at Swedish higher education institutions (HEIs) amounted to 75 000. Compared to 2014, this is a decline of 300 individuals, or 0.4 per cent.

The number of employees with research and teaching duties continues to increase. In 2015 they amounted to 34,900. Since 2001, employees with research and teaching duties, calculated as FTEs, has increased by 33 per cent. The number has increased for all employment categories except for lecturers, where there has been a decrease.

Among research and teaching staff, most employees are in the 40-44 year age group (5,100 persons, or 15 per cent). Thereafter the number decreases for each age group, and the proportion who are 65 years and older is 7 per cent. The number of employees who continue to work after the age of 65 has been increasing for several years. Half of the employees in the oldest age group are working as professors.

The proportion of employees with third-cycle qualifications continues to increase

Employees with research and teaching duties are more and more well-educated. Over the last ten year period, the number of staff has increased by 5 900 FTEs (full-time equivalents). The number of staff with third-cycle qualifications has increased almost as much, with 5 700 FTEs, which means the share of research and teaching employees who have a third-cycle qualification has increased from 61 to 68 per cent.

The share of women with a third-cycle qualification has increased at a higher rate than the share of men, 14 and 3 percentage points respectively, between the years 2005 and 2015. The calculations are based on the number of FTEs.

All employees

In October 2015, the number of employees at Swedish higher education institu-tions (HEIs) amounted to 75 000. Compared to 2014, this is a decline of 300 individuals, or 0.4 per cent. The number of employees calculated as FTEs amounted to 60 700 which is the same as last year, when the number of FTEs was higher than ever before.

Women and men

The number of women employed at HEIs is 38 900, or 31 200 FTEs. The corre-sponding number of men is 36 100, or 29 500 FTEs. This means that 51 per cent of all FTEs are women and 49 per cent are men.

Research and teaching employees

The number of employees with research and teaching duties continues to in-crease. In 2015 they amounted to 34 900. Calculated as FTEs this corresponds to 29 200, of which 12 900 are women and 16 300 men, or 44 per cent women and 56 per cent men. Since 2001, the employees with research and teaching duties, calculated as FTEs, has increased by 33 per cent. The number has increased for all employment categories except for lecturers, who have had a decrease.

Uppsala University has the largest number of FTEs with research and teaching duties

Close to 71 per cent of all employees with research and teaching duties, are em-ployed at the 10 (by number of FTEs) largest HEIs. Uppsala University has 3 200 FTEs, which is more than any other HEI. Lund University and the Uni-versity of Gothenburg follow with 3 000 and 2 600 FTEs respectively.

The largest number of FTEs in medical and health sciences

Of all the research and teaching staff, 25 per cent work in the field of medical and health sciences, slightly less than 7 200 FTEs. Nearly the same number of FTEs are working in the field of social sciences (slightly more than 7 100 FTEs). These fields can be further divided into fields of application. Clinical medicine and health sciences are the two largest fields of application with slightly over 2 100 FTEs each.

The proportion with employment until further notice is largest at Karlstad University

Of the employees with research and teaching duties at HEIs, 70 per cent have employment until further notice and 30 per cent have fixed-term employment. The share with employment until further notice has been roughly the same the past few years. At Karlstad University, the share who have employment until further notice is larger than at any other of the HEIs with at least 500 research and teaching FTEs, at 82 per cent.

Most employees are in the 40-44 age group, and more continue to work after the age of 65

Among research and teaching staff, most employees are in the 40-44 year age group (5 100 persons, or 15 per cent). Thereafter the number decreases for each age group, and the proportion who are age group 65 years and older is 7 per cent. The number of employees who continue to work after the age of 65 has been increasing for several years. Half of the employees in the oldest age group are working as professors.