Reform of the senior civil service: a change of culture

Creation of a single body of State administrators, suppression of the exit classification of the old ENA, single salary table that will now include participation based on merit…: the reform, presented on Wednesday, November 23 by the minister of the civil service Stanislas Guerini is making a major change for the senior civil service, instilling in it a dose of managerial culture that until now was largely foreign to it.

The reform confirms the creation, as of January 1, 2023, of a single body of 6,000 State administrators that brings together the fifteen major main bodies (prefects, finance inspection, foreign affairs advisers, etc.). They will be applied to a single salary table that, aligned with the highest indices of the existing bodies, intends to be “more attractive”.

“Previously, there were different grids, depending on whether you opted, for example, for the inspection of finances or social affairs: harmonizing them makes it possible to recover attractiveness and choose the right branch for good reasons, with total transparency”explained Olivier Veran.

“It is no longer a school that classifies, but a school that forms”

His remuneration, explains the Ministry of Public Administration, will also include a variable part, depending on ” resultscollective and individual fixed annually” and up to 30% of the total amount. Its evolution will be largely determined to take responsibility”.

The suppression of the bodies also leads to the exit classification of the ENA, which became the National Institute of Public Function (INSP). From now on, students will express their candidacies and their preferences, and employers will select the anonymous profiles best suited to their needs, under the supervision of an independent commission of eight qualified personalities who will ensure equal treatment and impartiality in the process. .

“The system overdetermined the entire construction of the schooling of optimize your starting ranking and not prepare specifically for the exercise of a profession, explains Stanislas Guerini to figaro. By removing it, we go to the end of our logic that intends to make the INSP no longer a school that classifies, but a school that trains, guides and prepares for their future career in public service. »

Less academic competition

The entrance exam will thus be less academic, “appreciate less the “general culture” than the understanding of the great transitions and priorities of public action as well as the skills to act in a professional and operational context”.

Training will go in the same direction, reoriented around the in-depth understanding and appropriation of the great challenges of public action, the ability to anticipate and manage complexity, relying in particular on collective intelligence, as well as the development of knowledgemanagement skills and the skills necessary to lead projects and teams »with “a special place (who) They will surrender to the challenge of the ecological transition”.

Access to the body will also be more open. “to the agents already in office in the administration who have demonstrated their skills and potential”explains the ministry according to which ” a As of 2023, for an agent recruited through the INSP, there will be at least one agent recruited as part of promotion internal “.

A “true “Group HRD””

The same logic will apply to “great technical corps of engineers” (Bridges, Mines, etc.) to be diversified by creating a track “Talents”, a contest dedicated to “experienced engineers”.

“As the context of the multi-channel war reminds us, the rearmament of State resources is essential, explains Olivier Veran. We have a growing need for technical and scientific expertise, especially in digital technology. »

Finally, in order to coordinate a human resources policy, the new Interministerial Delegation for State Senior Management (Diese) will be summoned to act as “true “HRD Group”” with “reinforced support for executives”.

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