1 December 2023

Thomas L., 27, is registering for the national education contract recruitment days, in order to become a Spanish teacher in parallel with his master's degree in languages, in Versailles, on June 1, 2022.

The rectorates are careful not to call them “job dating”, after being mocked last year on this method of recruitment. Nevertheless, the “recruitment days” and other “career meetings” to hire contract teachers continue at a steady pace, at the end of May, to prepare for the next school year.

Among the academies most affected by the shortage of teachers, Créteil already estimates that it will have to recruit around 500 additional contract workers for the start of the school year in September (the academy has 3,700 today), and Versailles is counting on 500 for primary schools and 250 for colleges and high schools.

This is not a surprise for anyone: the recruitment competitions for civil servant teachers, for which nearly 17,000 positions are open for those who want to join the profession, will not yet be full this year. If the situation seems less catastrophic than in 2022, when 4,000 positions were not filled in the end, it is still not good. Nearly a thousand places are already vacant at the end of the eligibility phase for the primary school competition and around 200 for the various capes, the winners of which are directed to secondary school.

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In the primary, three academies concentrate the difficulties in a recurring way: Versailles, Créteil and Guyana. The two Ile-de-France academies have 1,570 eligible for 2,450 positions for this session, before the orals. An additional competition is in progress to partly compensate for this deficit. For the second degree, the number of eligible is lower than the number of positions in German and classics. Modern letters, physics and chemistry or, to a lesser extent, mathematics also seem to be under tension after the written tests, the number of eligible candidates slightly exceeding the number of positions to be filled.

“A strong cultural change”

“Despite recruitment difficulties”the Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, expects “a better comeback” than the previous one. The 2022 session represented a special year with the competition being postponed from the end of the first year to the end of the second year of the master’s degree. But while they are seeing an increase, the numbers are not back to where they were two years ago. This is the case for the number of people present on the day of the exam: in the first degree, they are 29% more than in 2022 but still nearly 15% less than in 2021.

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