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Public Sector Employment Driven by the Local and Regional Authorities


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  • Philippe Raynaud

    (DGAFP (Direction générale de l'Administration et de la Fonction publique))

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    From 1980 to 2001, public sector employment rose virtually twice as fast as total employment (23% versus 13%). This sharp growth occurred mainly in the local and regional authorities (+38%) and, to a lesser extent, in the state hospital sector (+28%), whereas State civil service employment rose at a similar rate to the labour force (+15%). Over this period, untenured employment fell in the local and regional authorities, the civil service sector out of the three with the most staff in this category. Yet it rose in the hospitals, offsetting the growth in part-time tenured staff. The State civil service remains by far the largest public sector employer with over half of all the public sector jobs, 90% of which are in the ministries with the rest in national public administrative establishments. State education employs half of the State civil servants and accounts for two-thirds of the growth in State staff numbers.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 369-370 (2003)
    Issue (Month): (July)
    Pages: 75-92

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es369-370d

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    Keywords: Public Employment; State Civil Service; Local and Regional Authorities;

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