Slight rise in Civil Service employment between 2011 and 2012Civil Service employment - Results 2012

At the end of 2011, the French civil service employed 5.5 million people, including assisted contracts. Excluding assisted contracts, the total was 5.4 million.

Warning : this publication is based on provisional figures which may be revised.

At the end of 2011, the French civil service employed 5.5 million people, including assisted contracts. Excluding assisted contracts, the total was 5.4 million.

Civil service employment, including and excluding assisted contracts, increased by 0.3 % between 2011 and 2012 (respectively + 16,600 people and + 15,800 people over the year).

In France’s civil service, the annual labour force remained unchanged compared to 2011 (5.2 million converted to full-time equivalents, including assisted contracts).

Over the year, employment fell slightly in the state civil service : -0.9 % including assisted contracts (after –2.0 %) and -1.0 % excluding assisted contracts (after –2.4 %). There was a drop in employment within the ministries (-2.3 % including assisted contracts) and a rise in the workforce of public administrative establishments (+4.4 % including assisted contracts). The transfer of a part of the Ministry for Higher Education and scientific Research personnel towards the universities, which are becoming increasingly autonomous, accounts for a part of this rise.

In the local civil service, employment increase more significantly than in 2011 (+1.6 % including assisted contracts and +1.7 % excluding assisted contracts), in particular in the communal sector (+1.9 % including assisted contracts), but also in régions and départements (+0.8 % including assisted contracts).

In the hospital civil service, the rise in employment weakened (+0.7 % including and excluding assisted contracts). Like in 2011, the increase is greater in medico-social establishments (+1.5 % including and excluding assisted contracts) than in hospitals (+0.6 % including and excluding assisted contracts).

tableau1 – Civil Service employment

(level data in million)
Civil Service employment
Change (%) (1)
2012 10-11 11-12
Workforce at 31 December (2)
State Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 2443.8 -2.0 -0.9
Service excl. assisted contracts 2375.2 -2.4 -1.0
Local Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 1912.8 0.3 1.6
Service excl. assisted contracts 1862.4 1.1 1.7
Hospital Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 1153.2 1.3 0.7
Service excl. assisted contracts 1 137,0 1.7 0.7
Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 5509.8 -0.5 0.3
Service excl. assisted contracts 5374.6 -0.4 0.3
Workload in full-time equivalent (3)
Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 5173.6 -0.2 0.1
Service excl. assisted contracts 5076.6 -0.1 0.2
  • (1) Change on a constant basis of civil service scope
  • (2) Final main posts on December 31
  • (3) All active posts in the year
  • Scope: France
  • Sources: Insee, Siasp

tableau2 – Civil Service employment per employer

(level data in million)
Civil Service employment per employer
Level 2012 Change in a year (%)
incl. assisted contacts incl. assisted contacts excl. assisted contacts
State Civil Service
Ministries 1924.5 -2.3 -2.2
Public administrative establishments 519.3 4.4 4.6
Local Civil Service
Régions et départements 447.2 0.8 0.8
Communal sector 1465.6 1.9 2.0
Hospital Civil Service
Hospitals 1037.7 0.6 0.6
Medico-social establishments 115.5 1.5 1.5
  • Scope: final main posts on December 31, France
  • Sources: Insee, Siasp