Choosing to expand to Egypt means you’re investing in the country and its people. That starts with hiring talented employees you can trust to help you build your company. However, you’ll need the time to recruit those employees, onboard them, and follow Egypt’s employment compliance laws.
Globalization Partners can simplify the process by outsourcing your Egypt hiring process. We’ll hire employees who work on your behalf through our existing subsidiary, and we can ensure you meet all the country’s employment compliance laws so that you don’t have to worry about anything other than running your company.
Recruiting in Egypt
You have two choices for staffing your company — hire locals or expats. However, the Companies Law of Egypt requires you to mostly hire locals, as only 10% of your staff can be foreigners with salaries that do not exceed 20% of total wages. In any free zones, 25% of your total employees can be foreigners.
Legal & Background Checks
You must follow other labor laws during recruiting to stay compliant. You have the right to collect personal information related to the employment application, compensation, and benefits, but you need to avoid discriminatory practices. The Labor Law, published in 2003, protects employees from discrimination based on gender, language, origin, or religion.
You can keep a file for each employee, including their qualifications, certificates, and histories from previous employers.
How to Hire Employees in Egypt
Hiring employees in Egypt needs to start with an employment contract that’s either fixed-term or indefinite. Egypt allows fixed-term contracts for up to five years, but employees who work after those five years are considered to have indefinite-term contracts.
All employment contracts need to be written in triplicate and Arabic. You should include certain employment terms such as compensation, benefits, and termination requirements that you and the employee agree on. All offer letters and contracts should include salary and compensation amounts in Egyptian pounds instead of another currency. The worker should receive one of the copies with the other given to the relevant insurance office.
Egypt Employment Laws
Egyptians typically work 40 hours Sunday through Thursday, with compliance laws limiting working hours to eight hours daily and 48 hours in a week. You should outline any overtime compensation in the employment contract. While collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and trade unions are not as common in Egypt as in other countries, you should still check to see if your industry or employees are covered by one since they can change the Egypt employment compliance laws you must follow.
Onboarding in Egypt
Onboarding employees in Egypt must include obtaining certain documents, such as:
- A scanned copy of their National ID
- Their social security number
- Bank details and SWIFT Code
- Original academic certificate
- A police check
- Original military certificate for men
- Labor certificate
After you curate these documents and information, you’re ready to onboard employees in a way that makes them the most comfortable working for your company. We recommend reviewing the employment contract, your company’s code of conduct, and other relevant factors that will affect the experience these employees have. You can also schedule any training the employee will need during their first week so that they feel confident about starting in their new position.
Benefits of Hiring Outsourcing in Egypt
Instead of spending the time to recruit the best employees and learn about Egypt employment compliance, you can work with Globalization Partners and allow us to outsource your hiring. Unlike a local recruitment company, we can hire employees who work on your behalf. We’ll also take the matter of compliance off your shoulders and onto our own so that you can focus on more important elements of running your company. Through Egypt hiring outsourcing, we’ll help make your expansion easier.
Work With Globalization Partners To Expand Globally
Globalization Partners is the solution to your Egyptian hiring needs. Reach out to us today to learn more about our Egypt hiring outsourcing services and get started.
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