Working conditions in Egypt

Work hours and vacation

A full work week is generally considered five 8-hour work days in Egypt, from Sunday through Thursday (to a maximum of six full days, which would generally add Saturday as the sixth).

Employees are entitled to 21 days of paid leave each year (though they must wait six months before taking their first day off). This increases to an entire month after 10 years of employment (or when the employee reaches the age of fifty, whichever comes first).

Employees receive all national holidays designated by the Ministry of Manpower and Training with full pay:

After five consecutive years of employment, an employee is eligible for a month’s paid leave to make a religious pilgrimage.

Women are allowed 90 days maternity leave after ten months of employment, with full pay. For 24 months after giving birth a woman is entitled to an hour off each day in order to breast feed the child. Women may not exercise their right to maternity more than twice during a single period of employment (as stipulated by their contract, generally five years).


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