Remote’s guide to employing in

Egypt
egypt flag

Make employment in Egypt easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Egypt, all in one easy-to-use platform.

  • Capital City

    Cairo

  • Currency

    Egyptian pound (£, EGP)

  • Languages

    Arabic

  • Population size

    10,15,76,517

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management

Facts & Stats

Egypt Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Cairo

  • Currency

    Egyptian pound (£, EGP)

  • Languages

    Arabic

  • Population size

    10,15,76,517

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Cost of living index

    30.10 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    14%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    5.6% (2019)

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.

Grow your team in Egypt with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Egypt? Companies hiring in Egypt must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Egypt on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Egypt team. You can also pay contractors now in Egypt with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Egypt, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Egypt may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Egypt

The Egyptian Labour 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.

Minimum Wage

Minimum wages are only specified for public sector employees and are currently pegged at LE 2,400 ($153.24) per month.

Payroll Cycle

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.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Egypt fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 20 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

18 Public holidays

Jan
Sunday 7 January, 20241Orthodox Christmas Day (عيد الميلاد الأرثوذكسي)
Thursday 25 January, 20242Revolution Day (عيد ثورة يونيو)
Apr
Wednesday 10 April, 20243Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر المبارك)
Thursday 11 April, 20244Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر المبارك)
Friday 12 April, 20245Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر المبارك)
Thursday 25 April, 20246Sinai Liberation Day (يوم تحرير سيناء)
May
Wednesday 1 May, 20247Labour Day (يوم العمل عيد العمال)
Monday 6 May, 20248Sham El Nessim (شم النسيم)
Jun
Sunday 16 June, 20249Arafat's Day
Monday 17 June, 202410Eid al-Adha (عيد الأضحى المبارك)
Tuesday 18 June, 202411Eid al-Adha (عيد الأضحى المبارك)
Wednesday 19 June, 202412Eid al-Adha (عيد الأضحى المبارك)
Thursday 20 June, 202413Eid al-Adha (عيد الأضحى المبارك)
Sunday 30 June, 202414June 30 Revolution
Jul
Monday 8 July, 202415Islamic New Year's Day (رأس السنة الميلادية)
Tuesday 23 July, 202416Revolution Day (يوم الثورة)
Sept
Monday 16 September, 202417Birth of the Prophet (ولادة الرسول)
Oct
Sunday 6 October, 202418Armed Forces Day (يوم القوات المسلحة)

Competitive benefits package in Egypt

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Egypt are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Egypt

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Egypt.

  • 12.00%

    Old age, disability and life insurance (calculated on base monthly salary)

  • 3.25%

    Health Insurance (calculated on base monthly salary)

  • 1.50%

    Accident Insurance (calculated on base monthly salary)

  • 1%

    Unemployment benefit contribution (calculated on base monthly salary)

  • 1%

    Loss of income Insurance (calculated on base monthly salary)

Types of leave

Employees are entitled to 21 days of paid leave annually after spending six months working with an employer.

Employment termination

Termination process

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 period

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 pay

Severance payments are not obligatory under Egyptian labour 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

Probation periods can last up to three months.

Fair Pricing in Egypt

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors

$29

per contractor/month

Start free trial

Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

$50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you

HRIS

Manage all of your employees in one place

Free
Sign up

Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app