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Public jobs in active and sedentary categories: what difference?

Verified 13 August 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Pension reform project

Published on 27 January 2020

One universal pension bill shall be examined by Parliament. The pension rules will be amended. Pending the publication of the law, the information contained in this page remains current.

One public employment in active category is a job, occupied by a public servant, that presents a particular risk or exceptional fatigue. Jobs are classified in the active category by decree or ministerial order.

List (non-exhaustive) of jobs classified in active category

State civil service

Territorial Public Service

Hospital Public Service

- Active national police personnel

- Prison officers

- Educators in the judicial protection of youth

- Paramedical personnel of military hospitals

- Air traffic controllers

- Municipal police officers

- Professional firefighters

- underground sewer system operators

- Personnel employed as Head of Care Unit

- Personnel employed as supervisors of medical services

- Specialized operating room nurse

Any job not classified in the active category is a sedentary employment..

The fact of occupying an active category job for a certain period of time entitles the employee to early retirement from normal age.

For some jobs, this also entitles them to pension bonuses and increases.

Bonuses are additional quarters. Increases are increases in the amount of the pension.

Example :

National police officers shall, under certain conditions, be entitled to a bonus for the liquidation of their pension equal to 1/5me time spent in active police services.

Generally, since 1to in july 2011, an active category employee may retire at the age of 57 if he has held an active category job for at least 17 years.

But for some officials, conditions are different.

Example :

Air traffic controllers may retire at age 52 if they have completed at least 17 years of service. Prison supervisors may retire at the age of 52 if they have completed at least 27 years of service.

In addition, the age limit in the bodies or job frames covered by the active category jobs is earlier than the age limit of the sedentary bodies or job frames.

Please note

Contract staff shall be covered by the general social security system and may benefit from early retirement for hardship in accordance with the rules laid down in that scheme.