Factors associated with teacher job satisfaction: An investigation using TALIS 2018 Data

Keywords: Teacher job satisfaction; working conditions in schools; secondary education; TALIS; OECD


We used data from the OECD’s 2018 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) to investigate the factors associated with teacher job satisfaction. The database covers more than 250,000 teachers in 15,000 schools across 48 countries. Correlation and regression analyses adjusted for the TALIS sampling design were applied. We found that the most important predictor of teacher job satisfaction is distributed leadership, followed by positive relations between teachers and students. Teacher salary and teacher collaboration are also positively and significantly associated with job satisfaction. By contrast, workload stress is the most important factor associated with teacher dissatisfaction, followed by professional development barriers and disciplinary climate.

Author Biography

Djily Diagne, Université de Fribourg

Djily Diagne is currently a senior lecturer in economics and education policy at the University of Fribourg. He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Neuchâtel and a master's degree in management and public policy analysis from the University of Geneva. His current research interests include school performance measurement, market-oriented education reforms, and the labor market for teachers.

Université de Fribourg, Département des sciences de l’éducation et de la formation, Boulevard de Pérolles 90, CH-1700 Fribourg

E-mail: Djily.Diagne@unifr.ch

How to Cite
Diagne, D. (2023) “Factors associated with teacher job satisfaction: An investigation using TALIS 2018 Data”, Swiss Journal of Educational Research, 45(3), pp. 265–277. doi: 10.24452/sjer.45.3.4.