Ageing and the Public Service

Human Resource Challenges

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Government workforces are ageing even more rapidly than the rest of society. This raises specific challenges and opportunities. An ageing public service increases fiscal burdens while decreasing immediate capacities to deliver services. In the long run, however, it also offers a strategic opportunity to downsize the public sector workforce if necessary and to change employment conditions and the management of government employees where this is deemed reasonable. This book reviews the experience of 9 OECD member countries in this field. It presents some conclusions on strategies that countries could implement in order to adjust their human resource policies to the wider ageing challenge. 

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Ageing and the Public Service in France

Among OECD member countries, France is one of those most affected by the challenges of an ageing public sector. Large-scale retirements have already begun in some sectors and will increase dramatically between 2009 and 2015. Several policy challenges have arisen from this structural development. Between now and 2020, public expenditures devoted to pension benefits are projected to double, as roughly one-third of the current workforce retires. As the proportion of public expenditures dedicated to paying pension benefits increases in proportion to those for public service delivery, the process of budgetary “arbitration” is expected to be completely transformed.

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