In 2007, schools in the sector subsidised education spent 800 million euro on temps, a quarter more than one year previously. In the preceding years, costs of temporary staff have risen more rapidly in all sectors of education than other personnel costs. The share of costs of temporary staff in total education expenditure was 4 percent in 2007. Schools hired temps predominantly to fill vacancies quickly or to staff difficult vacancies or they hire temps on account of the specialised knowledge they possess.
In primary, special and secondary education, the costs of temporary staff make up a much smaller portion of total staff expenditure than in secondary vocational education and higher education. Approximately one third of primary schools and two thirds of secondary schools somehow made use of hired staff in 2007. In secondary vocational and higher education, employees working on a temporary basis are commonly accepted. Nearly all institutions of higher education employ temps.
Share costs temps in total expenditure on staff