Full-time Canadian university profs report high job satisfaction

June 6, 2012

Full-time Canadian university faculty members work harder than their counterparts in other developed nations and also report higher levels of job satisfaction, according to new research from the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Canadian faculty surveyed reported working over 50 hours per week on academic activities when classes were in session, which is more than their peers in the US, Australia, and the UK. Canadian respondents had the highest job satisfaction rates of any nation, with 75% describing their job satisfaction as high or very high, compared to 64% in the US, 55% in Australia, and slightly more than 45% in Britain. However, about 40% of Canadian faculty surveyed agreed with the statement: "My job is a source of considerable personal strain," a larger share than in the US, but well below levels reported by their Australian and British peers. University Affairs