For the second year in a row, the average net salary of some 1.1 million hospital civil servants fell by 0.8% in 2019 taking inflation into account, according to figures published by Insee and la Drees, this Thursday.

Before the general increase in the “Ségur de la santé”, the hospital staff were in the process of impoverishment.

Down 1% in 2018, then 0.8% in 2019, their salary fell to 2,315 euros net on average for a full-time job, "thus returning to almost its level of 2013", indicate the two official statistics organizations.

Less premiums for doctors

In the absence of a revaluation of the index point, inflation (1.1%) has erased the meager increase "in current euros" in remuneration (0.3%).

A combination that penalized civil servants (-0.8%) more than contract workers and doctors (-0.3%).

The former, who represent nearly three quarters of the workforce, were adversely affected by an overall reduction in their premiums, disadvantaging the more qualified agents of categories A (-1.1%) and B (-1%), without sparing those of category C (-0.8%).

On the contractual side, the lesser recourse to subsidized contracts - "on average less remunerated" - "mechanically" dampened the fall in wages.

A high turnover

This general trend is however the result of a high turnover, with 17% of employees “entering” and as many “leaving” the public service in 2018 and 2019. Two-thirds of employees who have not changed employer have on the contrary, “the positive effects of seniority gains and career progression”, with an average increase of 0.4% in their net salary.

In addition, the disparities between high and low wages are "slightly" reduced, as well as the gap between women and men: 20.6% overall, 3.6% "with an identical profile".


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