The reduction in the number of civil servants is not imminent. Unveiled on Wednesday, the draft finance law for 2024 specifies in particular the creation of positions expected in the public service next year. While the State is called upon to cut its spending, many recruitments are planned.
The draft budget provides for the creation of 6695 full-time equivalents on the state side, and 1578 among state operators, for a total of 8273 FTEs. A significant figure, although below the 10,790 creations provided for in the initial finance law of 2023 - including 8960 within the State alone. The workforce of the State should therefore increase, reaching 1.987 million full-time equivalents, according to the project shared by Bercy.
In detail, on the State side, three-quarters of creations are concentrated in three sovereign ministries: the Interior and Overseas, Justice and National Education. Taking into account state operators, the top podium is composed of the same first two, followed by higher education and research. The job cuts are, in reality, minimal, concentrated on the side of official publications and administrative information.
These creations are assumed by the executive, which defends its orientations. The security forces will thus be able to benefit from new positions, to "strengthen the services whose activity is a challenge for the Ministry of the Interior". "The State has reversed the dynamic of decline in public services and strengthened its presence in the territories," the draft budget also assures.
The momentum could also continue, some plans - such as the orientation and programming law of the Ministry of the Interior, the LOPMI - providing for creations in the years to come. If Emmanuel Macron promised, in 2017, to eliminate 120,000 civil servant positions, this objective seems to have been abandoned in the open campaign.