France, social portrait2014 Edition
France, Social Portrait is for everyone who would like to learn more about French society. This cross-cutting publication in the “Insee Références” collection gives a broad overview of the social situation in France.
Living with or without children in a traditional, single parent or reconstituted family: the family situations of public and private sector employees
The family situations of public service and private sector employees are broadly similar. In 2011, 45% of employees in the civil service lived with at least one child and 43% in the private sector. Among them, the large majority were traditional families (80% in the private sector and 78% in the civil service). However, differences existed within each set. Within them, employees benefitting from the most stable situations, civil servants and those with open-ended contracts in both sectors stood out from employees on fixed-term contracts. These employees less commonly lived with one or more children (35% for those with fixed-term contracts in the Civil Service and 26% for those in the private sector). Employees on fixed-term contracts more often headed single-parent families. Teachers also differed from other employees. They lived more often with at least one child (52%) and slightly more frequently had large families (26% of those living with at least one child lived with three or more children compared to 22% for all employees). Teachers were more likely to belong to a traditional family (84%). These differences between employees, whether in stable employment or not, and between teachers and others, were partly related to the characteristics of these groups in terms of age, gender, qualification level, sector of activity, and area of residence. However, differences in family situation remained once these effects had been taken into account.