Grow your team in Egypt with Remote
Remote currently offers contractor payment and management services in Egypt. We are busy building our own entity in the country to provide you with best possible employment solutions for your employees.
Facts & stats
As the land of Pharaohs, deserts, mummies, pyramids, and one of the world’s most fascinating ancient civilisations, Egypt has long been a tourism hotspot.
The Arab Republic of Egypt has changed significantly over the last century, evolving into a modern economic powerhouse (the 2nd largest in Africa) with expansive growth across the petroleum, and agricultural industries.
Employing in Egypt
The Egyptian Labor Law of 2003 spells out strong provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights designed to create an equitable environment for Egypt’s workforce of 29 million.
Employees in Egypt enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race.
Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Egypt.
|Date||Holiday Name||Extra information|
|Orthodox Christmas Day|
|Revolution and National Police Day|
|Sinai Liberation Day|
|June 30 Revolution, and June 30 Uprising in Egypt|
|Islamic New Year|
|Armed Forces Day|
Minimum wages are only specified for public sector employees and are currently pegged at LE 2,400 ($153.24) per month.
- For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.
Competitive benefits package in Egypt
Remote can help you provide a competitive and compliant benefits package for your employees in Egypt. If you have questions or would like to offer a custom benefit, let us know and we can help.
Taxes in Egypt
Learn how employment taxes affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Egypt.
- 18.75% - Social security
- 1% - Unemployment benefit contribution
- 11% - Social security contribution
Types of leave
Employees are entitled to 21 days of paid leave annually after spending six months working with an employer.
There are 14 public holidays during which employees are entitled to paid time off work. If required to work on a public holiday, employees are entitled to three times their regular wage.
Employees are entitled to 180 days of paid sick leave annually, compensated at 75% of the employee’s normal wages for the first 90 days of the illness and at 80% for the next 90 days.
Female employees who’ve been working with an employer for at least 10 months are entitled to three months of paid maternity leave for up to three births, with maternity benefits equivalent to 75% of the employee’s last salary.
Postpartum employees can take an hour or two half-hours off every day to breastfeed for 24 months post-delivery. Additionally, organizations with 100 or more employees are mandated to provide in-house nurseries or foot the nursery costs for employees’ babies until they reach school age.
Fathers are not entitled to any statutory parental leave under Egyptian law, but mothers can take up to 24 months of unpaid leave for each children.
Egyptian labor law demands that employers honor any study leave agreements made during collective bargaining but doesn’t specify duration or circumstances.
- Adoption: Adoptive parents are entitled to 15 days of leave, from the day their child is handed over to their legal custody.
- Casual leave: Employees can take up to six days of casual leave annually, in installments of two days at a time, which will be subtracted from the employee’s annual leave entitlement.
- Pilgrimage leave: After spending five years with an employer, employees can request an entire month of fully paid pilgrimage leave, although only once during the employee’s tenure.
An employee contract can only be terminated if it runs past the full term, or if just cause is established (such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or any other work-related offences). Otherwise, an employee terminated unfairly will be entitled to compensation proportional to the tenure served.
Notice periods in Egypt depend on how long an employee has worked with an employer, ranging from two months for employees who’ve been employed for less than 10 years to three months for any tenure beyond that.
Severance payments are not obligatory under Egyptian labor law except in cases of unfair termination. If an employer terminates an indefinite contract without providing just cause, the employee is entitled to two months’ pay for every year worked.
For definite term contracts terminated unfairly before they’re due to expire, an employee is entitled to receive any remaining pay stipulated under the contract.
Probation periods can last up to three months.