The upheavals of the year 2020 have had little impact on the social balance sheet, whose data remain stable overall. The reason? The establishment's public service mission has been unfailingly maintained. Bruno Fabre, vice-president of the Board of Directors, summarises this document, which was produced by the UM's departments and services, the most important of which is the Human Resources Department.

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"The year 2020 was very unusual for everyone, and yet the University's operations and our public service mission were assured, even during the most difficult moments of this health crisis," begins Bruno Fabre, vice-president of the UM's Board of Directors. And as if to attest to this observation, he once again goes through the 239 pages of the social balance sheet, which in the end shows great consistency in the figures.

The University's overall workforce remains at around 4,890 employees, which is equivalent to 80% of the University's operating budget. " The wage bill is our primary resource because the function of a university is to produce grey matter from grey matter," emphasises Bruno Fabre. The distribution of the wage bill by category of personnel also remains extremely stable compared to 2019, with 80.6% of permanent staff, including 57% of teacher-researchers and researchers, and around 17% of contract staff in all categories.

New staff

A new feature of this 2020 social balance sheet is the inclusion in the UM's workforce of staff working for the CFA,INSPE and CSU. These structures are carried by the COMUE until the implementation of the new site policy on1 January 2020. The approximately 3,000 hosted staff also appear for the first time in the social balance sheet. Not paid by the UM but housed in its laboratories, " these staff are the mark of the intense relations that we maintain with research organisations," explains Bruno Fabre. It was therefore logical to include them.

Another new feature is the special mention of student contracts, which have seen a sharp increase from 628 in 2019 to 862 in 2020. " These jobs were created to support students at a distance in the context of the Covid crisis " and in particular in the context of the Connect telephone scheme, which has enabled thousands of first-year students to maintain a link with the University by being contacted by their peers.

A proactive policy

Although the budgets for social action and staff training were maintained throughout 2020, confinements and teleworking sometimes led to the cancellation of these training courses or the absence of certain staff. Real expenditure on training therefore fell from 224,719 euros in 2019 to 144,183 euros in 2020, i.e. a difference of 80,000 euros which will be reallocated in 2021, as the vice-chairman of the board of directors explains: " We wanted to implement this proactive policy not only by maintaining the budgets but also by renewing the remaining credits in 2021 ".

A proactive policy that goes well beyond this, since the University has also authorised all the structures (UFR, schools, components, research units, etc.) to reallocate certain unused operating credits to investment. " We did not want to centralise unused credits to increase the University's financial reserves. We preferred to focus on the future by favouring investment in real estate renovation, in teaching and scientific equipment, in common services, etc.".

Continuity of public service

The main novelty of this year 2020 is of course telework, which has profoundly transformed our ways of working and to which the social report now devotes a section. However, as the figures for 2020 are based on the call for applications launched in 2019, they do not yet reflect its massive entry into our daily lives. However, by 2019, 112 applications had been submitted, compared to 98 in 2018. " This is already a significant increase, but it is certain that these figures are still a long way from those we will find in future reviews," the vice-president emphasised.

Teleworking is becoming increasingly popular and would not have been possible without the efforts of the IT and Digital Systems Directorate throughout 2020. "The work of this department is to be commended. It is largely thanks to it that we have beenable to ensure the continuity of our mission and maintain, in particular, all of our bodies." Administrative or academic councils, technical committees, health, safety and working conditions committees, meetings on operational subjects with the UFRs, schools and institutes, meetings with the directors of research units, etc. " Even in the midst of confinement, we have maintained real proximity with all of our structures," Bruno Fabre reminds us, before concluding: "This continuity would never have been possible without all the efforts made by the 5,000 staff members who make up our University. This is also our record ".

The social report also provides a detailed picture of the distribution of the University's workforce by gender. As in previous years, the overall number of staff is equally divided between the two sexes: 50.6% women and 49.4% men at the UM. The imbalance becomes more pronounced when we look at the distribution by professional category. Thus, women represent only 40% of the teaching-research staff, while men are largely in the minority in the administrative and support staff, where they represent only 38% of the workforce. This proportion rises to 45% in category A (the most senior posts). Good news! The percentage of women is increasing in the "researchers" category, since they now represent 49% of this category, compared to 46% in 2019.

In terms of recruitment, 62% of the tenured staff recruited in the BIATS category are women. Out of 21 professors-researchers recruited in 2020 (single and dual-appointed) 14 are women. For university professors, only 23% of those promoted in 2020 are women. This low rate rises to only 35% for lecturers.