Barthelemy Philippe, edited by Gauthier Delomez 06:15, September 28, 2022

Despite the worrying public finance situation, the 2023 budget just presented by the government provides for the creation of nearly 11,000 civil servant positions.

These new hires, which mainly concern sovereign missions, will be offset by job cuts by 2027.

This is a first under the Emmanuel Macron era: nearly 11,000 civil servant positions will be created, according to the 2023 budget presented by the government at the start of the week.

This first net increase in the workforce of the civil service mainly concerns hiring in the sovereign missions: defence, police, justice.

The Ministry of the Interior will thus recruit 3,000 police and gendarmes while the Armies are expecting 1,500 recruits.


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With its exceptional budget increase of 8%, the Ministry of Justice obtains 2,300 reinforcements.

Finally, the National Education is recruiting 4,000 accompanying persons for students with disabilities, after a first wave of hiring at the start of the 2022 school year.

An increase offset by job cuts

Inevitably, all these hirings will weigh on the public accounts as much as the point of index of the civil service, which determines the salary of the civil servants, was revalued by 3.5% last July.

But for Minister Gabriel Attal, the increase in the number of civil servants will be offset by job cuts by 2027. "The public finance programming law sets a stability mandate for the public service over the five-year period", said recalled the former government spokesman on Monday, September 26, during the presentation of the budget.

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In 2021, the payroll paid by public administrations to the 5.6 million French civil servants amounted to 211 billion euros, or 8.5% of GDP.

Before his first election, Emmanuel Macron had promised to cut 120,000 civil servant positions during his five-year term to alleviate the debt.

Finally, the overall workforce of the public service had fallen by only 1,250 positions, between 2017 and 2022.