Staff of Flemish public administration

  • Flemish public administration services count over 28,500 members of staff

    In 2018, 28,645 people worked in the  services of the Flemish public administration . The number of staff rose from 2006 until 2009 and subsequently declined until 2014. Between 2014 and 2018, around 1,100 new staff members were recruited. This increase is a consequence of the sixth state reform, whereby Flanders acquired new powers and staff members were transferred from the federal level.
     

    Not all staff members work full time, which is shown in staff availability expressed in full-time equivalents (FTE). In 2018, staff availability was 25,477 FTE. The availability has been fluctuating around 25,000 FTE for several years. 

  • Majority of staff members are female

    55% of the staff members of the services of the Flemish public administration are women. 
     

    Fewer than 1 in 10 of staff members are younger than 30, a quarter are between 39 and 40, 3 out of 10 are between 40 and 50, and a similar number are between 50 and 60. Slightly fewer than 1 out of 10 of staff members are older than 60. 
     

    Nearly 7 out of 10 staff members are  statutory staff. And slightly more than 6 out of 10 work in the higher A or B function levels.  

     

  • Welfare, Public Health and Family policy area, Work and Social Economy policy area, Mobility and Public Works policy area and Environment policy area employ majority of staff

    4 policy areas together employ more than 70% of the Flemish public administration personnel. These are the Welfare, Public Health and Family policy area, the Work and Social Economy policy area, the Mobility and Public Works policy area and the Environment policy area. Each has more than 4,000 FTE.
     

    The Economy, Science and Innovation policy area is the smallest policy area, with slightly over 500 FTE. In addition to the staff of the 11 policy areas of the Flemish public administration, almost 200 FTEs work for GO! Education of the Flemish Community

Sources

Agency for Government Personnel: Flemish business information 

Definitions

Services of the Flemish public administration: all entities of the Government of Flanders for which the Flemish Personnel Regulations are in force.

Staf availability: the ratio of the number of days that a staf member is supposed to work on the basis of his or her work regime to the number of days of a full-time staff member. 

Publication date

22 May 2019

Next update

May 2020

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