EDF agents: decidedly very privileged employees

THE ECO SCAN – While the management of the energy company is currently negotiating the change of employment contract for its executives, Le Figaro listed the benefits enjoyed by all agents.

The 90% reduction in the electricity bill

A particularly attractive electricity tariff is what EDF employees and retirees are entitled to. The “agent rate” invoice corresponds to only 10 to 15% of an average invoice. In other words, when you pay 100 euros for electricity, the agent or the ex-agent, he pays 10 to 15.

• 32 hours

12% of EDF employees, or around 8,500 people, including more than 2,000 executives, benefit from the 32-hour contract. The 32 hours are done over four days. The employees of this “plan” do not benefit from RTT and the holidays are prorated.

• Retirement system

For more than 90% of the employees of ERDF, a distribution subsidiary of EDF, the retirement age is set well before 62 years, explains Pierre-Edouard du Cray, director of studies at. More precisely, according to the, it is equal to:
– 55 years for agents born before January 1, 1962;
– between 55 years and 56 years and eight months for those born between 1962 and 1966;
– 57 years for those born after 1966.

According to the National Fund for Electricity and Gas Industries (IEG), people affiliated to the special IEG scheme retire, on average, at 57.3 years. For this same year 2013, the average age of liquidation of rights is 61.7 years in the general scheme for employees of the National Old Age Insurance Fund (CNAV), according to one of the Directorate of Research, Studies, evaluation and statistics.

For EDF agents, retirement is calculated on the basis of the remuneration for the last six months of activity, when the remuneration is the highest. For employees in the private sector, retirement is calculated on the basis of the 25 best years within the limit of 50% of the social security ceiling in the basic scheme (CNAV) and according to the remuneration of the entire career for complementary schemes (AGIRC-ARRCO).

• A pension financed by EDF subscribers

Moreover, a tax is paid by all consumers to finance the pension plan for electricians and gas companies: the t (CTA). It appears on all electricity and gas bills. The pensions of these employees are “defined benefit”; in other words, their amount is fixed in advance and they are guaranteed, at least 75% of the average of the last six months, for a full career, explains Pierre-Edouard du Cray. This guarantee is possible thanks to “public aid” or rather an assigned tax: the CTA. It was instituted by law n ° 2004-803 of August 9, 2004 (arts. 16 and 18) relating to the public service of electricity and gas. According to social security accounts, revenue forecast for 2015 is 1.4 billion euros. In ten years, more than 10 billion euros have thus been collected for the benefit of the advantageous pensions of the special scheme for electricians and gas, affirms Pierre-Edouard du Cray.

• Sheltered employment

The turnover rate, the average entry and exit rates, at EDF is estimated at less than 1% per year. For example, according to one from the Ministry of Labor, this rate, in companies with more than 10 employees, exceeded 12.1% in the second quarter of 2011.

• Salaries

According to the annual public report of the Court of Auditors in 2013, hiring salaries are, in the IEG branch, higher than the minimum wage: 16% more for a young person hired without a diploma or 26% for a holder of ‘a vocational baccalaureate. The pay gap between the fixed minimum wage in the IEG branch and the minimum wage widened rapidly between 2005 and 2011, since it has, for example, almost doubled for people hired without a diploma. No employee remains remunerated on the basis of his starting salary for more than one or two years. The grid provides for advancement from the second year of employment. By way of comparison, according to statistics from a study by the Department of Animation, Research, Studies and Statistics (DARES) of November 2010, 43% of employees hired at a level close to the minimum wage in the private sector in 2000 were still paid at this level seven years after their recruitment.

Since 2005, the average salary per capita within EDF SA has recorded an average increase of over 3% per year. Between 2006 and 2010, gross salaries increased by nearly 23.6% at EDF SA, i.e. much faster than inflation excluding tobacco (7.8% over the period) and the minimum wage (7.1% over the period). the period). Over this same period, 90% of EDF SA employees recorded a minimum increase of 20.6%.

Finally, automatic progression in seniority is open to all employees, regardless of their college of affiliation (master’s degree, employees, workers), excluding senior executives. In the three companies of the group, the increase in length of service each year represents an average increase of around 0.6% in main compensation. At the end of their career, seniority compensation can constitute up to 22% of the fixed compensation of the group’s agents, the report continues, provided they have spent their entire career within the branch. For its part, the DARES had calculated that in 2008 seniority represented on average 1.9% of private sector salaries. This increase, which is not linked to any result or to performance, has a significant impact on the group’s personnel costs: € 42 million.

Consult the report of the Court of Auditors:

EDF compensation published by LeFigaro