Budget 2023: more than 10,000 civil servant job creations

Posted Sep 26, 2022, 12:09 PM

“It’s not a budget of rigor, it’s not a budget of ease, it’s a responsible and protective budget in times of great uncertainty. The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, who presented the 2023 finance bill to the Council of Ministers on Monday, set the tone from Bercy, while the right should criticize a lack of ambition in terms of reduction of the deficit (like the High Council of Public Finances), and that the left will plead for more means devolved to the ministries.

The executive denies any laxity. “I will not let anyone say that this government is not responsible in terms of public finances”, hammered Bruno Le Maire this Monday morning. But the 2023 budget provides for a significant increase in the number of civil servants (+10,764 posts), which had been kept secret until then.

Decrease in the number of teachers

Main beneficiaries: the Ministry of the Interior (+3,109), Justice (+2,313) and Defense (+1,583), in accordance with the multi-year commitments made in favor of these sovereign missions. But also the Ministry of Employment (+1,039 posts) and National Education (+2,000).

Be careful however, this last increase is linked to the fact that now, the AESH (accompanying students with disabilities) are recruited by the rectorates and integrated into the workforce of civil servants. Some 4,000 creations of AESH positions are thus planned for the start of the 2023 school year. On the other hand, the budget provides for a reduction of 1,985 teaching positions, Bercy highlighting the expected drop in the number of students (-500,000 between 2022 and 2027 ).

Lower volume spend

The Minister Delegate for Public Accounts, Gabriel Attal, clarified that despite these job creations in 2023, the objective of a stable number of civil servants in the legislature was maintained “and it will be met”. The increase in the resources of the ministries is also reflected in their budget appropriations, which will increase by 21.7 billion euros next year, with in particular increases close to 6 billion for the Environment (including a budget increased to 2, 5 billion for “MaPrimeRénov'”) and Employment, and 3 billion for Defense.

In total, State expenditure will nevertheless fall by 0.2% in volume compared to the amending finance law of the summer of 2022, indicated Bruno Le Maire, stressing that “it is difficult to have expenditure which are growing more slowly than inflation. For all public spending, the drop in volume should be 1.5% in 2023, Gabriel Attal insisting on the planned reduction in the rate of public spending from 57.6% in 2022 to 53.8% of GDP in 2027. Savings are notably committed from next year on health insurance (analytical laboratories, drugs, work stoppages, etc.), pending pension reform.

France is within the euro.

Bruno the Mayor

The deficit target remains set at 5% of GDP in 2023, thanks to dynamic tax revenue forecasts (+ 5 billion again for the State) and social benefits. “The absolute priority of the moment, insisted Bruno Le Maire, is to “bring down the pressure of inflation, in France and at European level. What justify the tariff shield on gas and electricity, which will cost 16 billion euros to the State next year, and the stagnation of the deficit. The structural adjustment will represent only 0.2 points of GDP next year, which could make Brussels cringe.

The red lines of Bruno Le Maire

Before the arrival of the text in Parliament, the ministers of Bercy did not hide that recourse to article 49.3 of the Constitution was probable. Bruno Le Maire has set his “red lines” vis-à-vis the opposition: “No new expenditure that is not financed to the nearest euro. France is within the euro. »

Public debt is expected to stabilize at 111.2% of GDP next year, with interest charges rising to 51.7 billion euros.

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