Staff of Flemish public administration

  • Flemish public administration services count 29,000 members of staff

    In 2019, 29,005 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 2019, around 1,500 new staff members were recruited. This increase is a consequence of the sixth state reform, whereby Flanders acquired new  competences 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 2019, staff availability was 25,798 FTE. The availability has been fluctuating around 25,000 FTE between 2008 and 2017. There has been an increase since 2018.


  • Majority of staff members are female

    58% of the staff members of the services of the Flemish public administration are women.

    Fewer than 1 out of 10 of staff members are younger than 30, a quarter are between 30 and 39, 3 out of 10 are between 40 and 49, and a similar number are between 50 and 59. Slightly fewer than 1 out of 10 of staff members are 60 years or older.

    Nearly 7 out of 10 staff members are statutory staff. And 65% are employed in the higher A or B function levels.

  • 4 policy areas together employ more than 70% of the government personnel

    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.


Agency for Government Personnel: Flemish business information 


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

Staff 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

9 June 2020

Next update

May 2021

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