Slight fall in the civil service employment between 2010 and 2011Civil Service employment - 2011

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

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.

The civil service employment, including assisted contracts, decreased by 0.5 % (on a constant scope basis) between 2010 and 2011 (meaning -29,100 people). Excluding assisted contracts, the decline was –0.4 % (-21,200), following the relative stability of the previous year.

In France’s civil service, the annual labour force remained unchanged compared to 2010 (5.2 million converted to full-time equivalents, including assisted contracts).

Over the year, employment fell in the central civil service (-2.0 % including assisted contracts, -2.4 % excluding assisted contracts). There was a drop of employment in the ministries (-3.1 % including assisted contracts) and a rise in the workforce of public administrative establishments (+2.9 % including assisted contracts, +1.2 % excluding assisted contracts). The transfers 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, the employment overall rose (+0.3 % including assisted contracts, + 1.1 % excluding assisted contracts) in régions and départements (+0.5 % including assisted contracts) as well as in the communal sector (+0.2 % including assisted contracts, +1.2 % excluding assisted contracts).

The rise was greater in the hospital civil service (+1.3 % including assisted contracts, + 1.7 % excluding assisted contracts), with a larger growth in medico-social establishments (+2.1 %) than in hospitals (+ 1.2 % ).

tableau1 – Civil Service employment

(level data in million)
Civil Service employment
Change (%) (1)
2011 09-10 10-11
Workforce at 31 December (2)
State Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 2 466,2 –0,9 –2,0
Service excl. assisted contracts 2 398,7 –1,0 –2,4
Local Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 1 881,5 1,0 0,3
Service excl. assisted contracts 1 830,4 0,2 1,1
Hospital Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 1 145,2 1,1 1,3
Service excl. assisted contracts 1 129,4 1,3 1,7
Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 5 493,0 0,2 –0,5
Service excl. assisted contracts 5 358,5 –0,1 –0,4
Workload in full-time equivalent (3)
Civil Total, incl. assisted contracts 5 169,3 - –0,2
Service excl. assisted contracts 5 067,9 - –0,1
  • (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 by employer

(level data in million)
Civil Service employment by employer
Level 2011 Change in a year (%) (1)
incl. assisted contacts incl. assisted contacts excl. assisted contacts
State Civil Service
Ministries 1 969,0 –3,1 –3,2
Public administrative establishments 497,2 2,9 1,2
Local Civil Service
Régions et départements 443,3 0,5 0,5
Communal sector 1 438,2 0,2 1,2
Hospital Civil Service
Hospitals 1 031,4 1,2 1,6
Medico-social establishments 113,8 2,1 2,8
  • (1) Change on a constant basis of civil service scope
  • Scope: final main posts on December 31, France
  • Sources: Insee, Siasp