Employer of Record (EOR) Egypt
An Employer of Record (EOR) Egypt, often referred to as a Global Professional Employer Organization (Global PEO) Egypt, is the official employer for workers in Egypt. The EOR Egypt takes on a range of critical employment responsibilities, ensuring both legal compliance and operational efficiency.
- The EOR Egypt ensures that all employment practices align with the local labor laws and regulations in Egypt.
- Efficiently handling the local payroll process, the EOR Egypt guarantees accurate and timely compensation for employees.
- Our EOR Egypt manages the meticulous filing of employment-related taxes and essential paperwork, thereby reducing administrative burdens on businesses.
- Employees are provided with detailed payslips by the EOR Egypt, outlining earnings, deductions, and other pertinent financial information, promoting transparency and compliance.
- The EOR Egypt ensures that employees receive their salary payments in a timely manner, contributing to enhanced trust and satisfaction within the workforce.
Mercans Employer of Record Egypt provide a seamless and hassle-free solution for businesses looking to expand their global presence without the need for local entity setup. With a strong emphasis on legal compliance and intellectual property protection in Egypt, our EOR services enable your business to concentrate on its core operations. Furthermore, our services facilitate the seamless management of global workforce mobility, work visas, and the development of an efficient and diverse global team in Egypt.
Things you need to know before hiring in Egypt
Employees vs Independent Contractor Compliance
The following are the main differences between employees and independent contractors, also sometimes called freelancers or part-timers in Egypt:
|Legal Status||Considered separate entities||Formally employed by the company|
|Flexibility||Typically have more flexible working arrangements||Generally subject to set working hours and location|
|Taxation||Responsible for their own taxes||Employer is responsible for withholding and paying employee taxes|
|Benefits||Typically do not receive company benefits||Eligible for company benefits like health insurance, leave, and more|
|Labor Rights||Not entitled to labor rights like overtime pay, paid leave, and other protections||Protected by labor laws, entitled to various rights and benefits|
|Termination Process||Can be terminated more easily based on contract terms||Termination often requires adherence to labor laws and may involve severance|
|Legal Risks||Less legal risk for the employer in terms of labor disputes||Employers may face legal challenges if labor laws are not followed|
|Administrative Responsibilities||Contractors handle their own administrative tasks||Employers manage HR tasks, payroll, and compliance|
|Cost Control||Provides cost control and may be more cost-effective||Costs may be higher due to benefits and compliance requirements|
|Compliance||Lower compliance and reporting requirements||Higher compliance responsibilities for the employer|
|Relationship Nature||Typically more transactional and project-based||Ongoing, long-term relationship with the company|
Employment Contracts in Egypt
You need to consider a number of key factors when dealing with employment contracts in Egypt. Listed below are a few to help you prepare:
Contents of the Contract
- Name and address of the employer and workplace.
- Employee’s name, qualifications, profession, social insurance number, and home address.
- Description of the work and its nature.
- Agreed-upon salary, payment method, and frequency, along with any other benefits.
- A probationary period, which cannot exceed three months.
- These have an agreed-upon duration, and renewal often requires mutual agreement.
- For contracts exceeding 5 years, the worker can terminate without indemnity by providing 3 months’ notice before termination.
- Lack a specific expiration date and can’t be terminated without adequate cause.
- Termination requires written notice by either party.
- Employers may terminate only for ‘reasonable reasons’ or employee inefficiency.
Types of Contracts
- Contracts can be for a definite or indefinite period, or for the fulfillment of specific work, each with its own set of rules.
- In a definite contract, termination upon the specified term’s expiration doesn’t require formalities or compensation (unless terminated early). It can be renewed if both parties continue duties.
- An indefinite contract can only be terminated with written notice by either party and requires justifications for termination.
- Employers must provide 2-3 months’ notice, depending on the employee’s service period, before termination.
- The contract remains valid during the notice period.
- Employees can look for other work during this period while receiving full wages.
Compensation for Early Termination
- If an employer terminates without notice or before the notice period ends, they must pay the worker an amount equivalent to the worker’s wage for that time.
Right to Withdraw Resignation
- An employee can withdraw their resignation in writing within a week from the acceptance date.
Grounds for Termination
- Employers can terminate indefinite contracts with ‘reasonable reasons,’ such as falsifying identity, causing serious damages, repeated safety negligence, unexplained absence, and more.
Employee’s Right to Terminate
- Employees can terminate the contract if the employer defaults on obligations, commits hostile acts, or violates contract terms.
Contract for Particular Work
- These contracts end upon the work’s completion. If the work exceeds five years and both parties continue, it’s considered renewed for an indefinite period.
- Renewable work projects result in implicit contract renewals.
This overview highlights key aspects of employment contracts in Egypt, but it’s essential to consult with legal experts at Mercans for specific guidance and to ensure compliance with local labor laws and regulations.
Social Security in Egypt
Egypt’s Social Protection
Egypt’s social protection system has undergone significant improvements over the past decade. Law 148, implemented in 2019, unified and streamlined the regulatory framework, merging multiple social insurance laws into one comprehensive statute. This legal shift also facilitated the amalgamation of the Government Social Insurance Fund (GSIF) and the Public and Private Social Insurance Fund (PSIF). Law 148 covers a range of benefits, including pensions for old age, disability, and survivors, along with support for work-related injuries, unemployment, and sickness. The International Labour Organization (ILO) played a vital role in shaping this legislation and continues to support its implementation.
In 2018, Egypt introduced the Universal Health Insurance Law, striving for universal healthcare coverage by 2032 through a mix of contributory and non-contributory elements, partly funded by new tax mechanisms. The country also launched social assistance programs, including Takaful for impoverished households and Karama, offering support to the elderly, disabled individuals, and orphans, with backing from World Bank loans.
Social Insurance in Egypt
The New Law provides a clear definition of the “comprehensive insurance salary,” encompassing all forms of employee remuneration, such as fixed salary, incentives, tips, overtime payments, and commissions. It’s important to note that comprehensive insurance coverage is subject to specific minimum and maximum thresholds, as detailed below:
- The minimum insurance salary is set at EGP 1,000 per month or EGP 12,000 annually.
- In contrast, the maximum insurance salary stands at EGP 7,000 per month or EGP 84,000 annually.
Additionally, it’s worth highlighting that these minimum and maximum amounts are slated to undergo an annual increase of 15% for the next seven years, commencing on January 1, 2021.
Payroll in Egypt
Minimum Wages in Egypt
Egypt has established minimum wage regulations, with the minimum wage currently set from EGP2,700.00 to EGP3,000.00 (Egyptian Pounds) per month.
Mercans’ Payroll CapabilitiesMercans, a leading payroll services provider, offers comprehensive payroll solutions in Egypt. Their capabilities encompass every aspect of payroll management, including setup, processing, and administration, ensuring compliance with local regulations and accurate payment to employees and contractors.
Payroll CycleThe payroll cycle in Egypt typically follows a monthly schedule. Employers are responsible for ensuring that their employees and contractors receive their salaries or wages in the local currency on a regular basis.
Payroll Setup, Processing, and AdministrationSetting up and managing payroll in Egypt requires careful attention to detail. This includes accurately processing payroll data, such as calculating deductions, bonuses, and other remunerations, and administering the payroll system efficiently to guarantee timely and precise payments.
Statutory Filings and PaymentsEmployers in Egypt must adhere to specific statutory requirements when it comes to payroll. This involves filing payroll-related documents with relevant authorities and ensuring that all mandatory payments, including social security and income tax, are made promptly.
Egypt Employee Hiring Cost
To calculate the total cost of hiring an employee in Egypt, you need to consider various employer costs in addition to the employee’s gross annual salary. Here’s the breakdown for a gross annual salary of EGP 3,000.00:
- Gross Annual Salary: EGP 3,000.00
- Total Annual Employer Costs: EGP 592.56
- Total Annual Cost: EGP 3,592.56
The “Total Annual Employer Costs” represent the additional expenses that the employer incurs on top of the employee’s salary, such as social security contributions, benefits, and other statutory obligations. The “Total Annual Cost” is the overall expenditure for the employer when hiring the employee, encompassing both the gross salary and the associated employer costs.
Termination in Egypt
In Egypt, termination laws are impacted by several factors. Listed below are a few important points to keep in mind:
End Of Employment Contracts’ DurationEmployment contracts exceeding 5 years can be terminated by the employee, provided they give a 3-month notice prior to termination.
Employment Contracts for Specific TaskContracts created for a specific task end upon the completion of that task. Renewal of such contracts can occur through mutual agreement or by continuing work after task completion.
Indefinite Employment ContractsEmployees can terminate indefinite employment contracts for legitimate reasons related to their health, social circumstances, or economic conditions. Employers can only terminate these contracts if an employee is inefficient or has committed a significant mistake.
Dismissal Of EmployeesEmployers can dismiss employees for gross mistakes, such as identity fraud, actions leading to material losses, repeated safety rule violations, or specific other reasons defined by law. Specific procedures must be followed for dismissal.
Employee’s IncapacityTotal incapacity of an employee results in the termination of the employment contract. In cases of partial incapacity, the contract remains valid unless the employer can prove that the employee cannot perform any job duties. If alternative work is available, the employer should offer it.
Employee’s SicknessEmployees cannot be terminated due to illness, unless they have exhausted their sick leave entitlement as defined by law, in addition to their annual leave. Employers must notify employees about termination 15 days before their leave entitlement ends, and termination cannot occur if the employee recovers before receiving the notice.
RetirementAn employer has the right to terminate the employment of an employee who reaches the age of 60, unless the contract specifies a different retirement age. If the employee continues to work beyond the retirement age, they are entitled to certain indemnities based on years of service.
Female Employee’s Right To TerminateFemale employees can terminate their employment contracts for reasons related to marriage, pregnancy, or childbirth, without affecting their rights under labor and social insurance laws.
Termination For Disciplinary ReasonsEmployers are entitled to terminate employees for specific crimes or convictions.
Termination For Economic ReasonsEmployers can terminate employment contracts due to economic necessities, subject to certain procedures. Compensation for terminated employees depends on their years of service.
ResignationResignation must be submitted in writing and can be withdrawn within a week if accepted by the employer.
Unlawful TerminationSome reasons for termination are considered illegitimate, and the party responsible for an unlawful termination is required to compensate the other party for any damages incurred.
Death Of EmployeeThe employment contract ends upon the death of the employee. The employer must provide compensation to the employee’s family.
Notice of TerminationNotice periods and procedures for termination are specified for both employees and employers. In the case of employer-initiated termination, employees are provided time to find another job.
Employee Benefits in Egypt
In Egypt, labor laws provide robust protections for employees. After six consecutive months of employment with an employer, employees are entitled to various benefits, including social security, health insurance, paid leave, sick leave, and maternity leave. These protections extend to full-time, part-time, and temporary employees, but do not cover independent contractors.
Key labor protections in Egypt include
Mandated Annual RaisesEmployers are obligated to provide annual raises of at least 7%.
Equal OpportunityDiscrimination in hiring based on sex, origin, language, religion, or creed is strictly prohibited.
Minimum WageA minimum wage is defined for all workers, even those on commission.
Annual LeaveEmployees are entitled to 21 days of paid annual leave.
Maximum Work HoursThe maximum workday is 8 hours, and the maximum work week is 48 hours.
Termination RulesEmployees or employers can terminate open-ended contracts with proper notice. Employers can dismiss employees only for serious offenses.
Employers are allowed to request certain information from job candidates, but discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, or race is prohibited. The employment contract must be provided in Arabic.
Statutory Benefits in EgyptFull-time employees in Egypt are entitled to various statutory benefits, including:
Minimum Wage and OvertimeMinimum wage rates are set by sector, and overtime pay is required.
Leave AllowancesAnnual leave of at least 21 days is provided, increasing for longer service or age.
Health Insurance and Social SecurityEmployers must provide health insurance and social security coverage.
Maternity LeaveFemale employees receive maternity leave for three paid months per baby.
Disability InsuranceEmployees who pay into social insurance are eligible for injury benefits.
Unemployment CompensationUnemployment benefits are available to eligible employees.
Termination RulesSpecific termination rules are in place, with notice requirements.
Supplemental benefits can include home office supplies, flexible scheduling, bonuses, additional paid time off, and health and wellness programs.
To stay compliant and ensure accurate payments, especially for international employees, consider using a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) like Mercans. A PEO handles payroll, taxes, and benefits, keeping your company in compliance with local labor laws. This is essential when hiring remote employees in Egypt or other countries.
Personal Income Tax in Egypt
Egypt has progressive income tax rates and rules that are subject to change as legislation changes. To get an idea of the updated, most recent rates, please read below:
|Earned Income (EGP*)||Tax Rate on Bracket (%)|
|From 0 to 21,000||0|
|21,000 to 30,000||2.5|
|30,000 to 45,000||10.0|
|45,000 to 60,000||15.0|
|60,000 to 200,000||20.0|
|200,000 to 400,000||22.5|
|More than 400,000||25.0|
|More than 1,200,000||27.5|
*EGP stands for Egyptian poundsIndividual income tax is applicable to resident individuals for income earned in Egypt and income earned outside Egypt for resident individuals whose center of commercial, industrial, or professional activities is in Egypt. It also applies to the income of non-resident individuals for income earned in Egypt. Both residents and non-residents can benefit from an annual salary tax exemption of EGP 15,000.
Work Permit in Egypt
In numerous countries, a distinct Work Visa category exists. However, in Egypt, foreigners planning to work simply need to apply for a work permit. The process for acquiring an Egyptian work permit involves several stages and may sometimes span a few months.
You can obtain the application form from the nearest Ministry of Manpower and Training Office (in Cairo, this is situated within the Mugamma in Tahrir Square).
- A valid passport (with valid Egyptian residence status)
- 7 passport-size photos
- 2 copies of the employer’s incorporation contract
- 2 copies of the Tax ID
- 2 copies of academic credentials
- A copy of the commercial register from your employer
- Any licenses necessary for practicing your profession
- A memorandum from your employer explaining why hiring a foreigner is necessary rather than a qualified Egyptian citizen
- Approval from the authority related to the employee’s profession
- A representative from the employer who will “sponsor” the work permit
- Proof of a test confirming the employee is free of HIV/AIDS
- Approval from Egypt’s State Security Service verifying that the employee is not a threat to national security or public safety
Employer of Record Cairo
Mercans proudly owns and operates an established entity in Cairo, Egypt. We offer a wide range of services designed to facilitate and support foreign companies seeking to expand their operations into this dynamic market. From handling complex employment procedures to ensuring compliance with local labor laws, Mercans is here to provide the expertise and support you need.
Global Employment Services in Cairo
Employer of Record Egypt ServicesMercans serves as the local EOR for your business, allowing you to legally employ staff in Egypt without the complexities of establishing a legal entity. We handle all aspects of payroll, taxation, benefits, and compliance on your behalf.
Payroll OutsourcingOur payroll services ensure your employees are paid accurately and on time. We manage tax withholding, statutory deductions, and any other financial aspects, keeping you fully compliant with Egyptian labor regulations.
Global Workforce ExpansionWith Mercans, you can easily expand your global workforce. We help you navigate the complexities of hiring and managing employees in Cairo, so you can focus on your core business operations.
Immigration and Work PermitsWe assist with visa and work permit applications, streamlining the process for foreign employees, so they can legally work in Egypt.
HR and ComplianceMercans ensures your HR processes align with Egyptian labor laws. We manage employment contracts, HR documentation, and compliance matters, safeguarding your business against legal risks.
Mercans is your comprehensive partner for all things related to employer of record Egypt services. With our deep local expertise, we make it easy for foreign companies to navigate the complexities of Egypt’s employment landscape. From payroll and workforce expansion to HR and compliance, Mercans ensures that your business operates smoothly and in full compliance with Egyptian labor regulations. Trust us to be your reliable partner in Egypt.