The article investigates the demographic changes affecting the Italian teachers during the period 1990-2010. Previous research detected feminization and ageing within this population, but only the latter distinguishes the teaching labor force. Recruitment processes, mainly in the public sector, played a relevant role in teachers’ ageing and in the increase of their occupational instability. This highly regulated labor market has not been directly affected by the economic crisis (at least until 2010). Concluding, the author makes suggestions for policy makers and economic sociologists.
Keywords: Teacher, Teacher labor market, Feminization, Ageing, Teacher recruitment, Teacher demographics