Working in Egypt



In addition to the thrilling sights, sounds and archaeological wonders, work is something that won't be a problem in Egypt. And every expat can attest to that.

For new entrants to the country, a suitable visa must be secured. To get the necessary permit to work in Egypt, you need to present a current passport. Work permits are given to those who can prove sufficient funds to support themselves financially until employment can be found. For this, a bank release and an insurance certificate are required.

Those planning to move to Egypt find that the country has a low unemployment rate, which most probably means there's a job waiting for them in any of the diverse sectors that include tourism, agriculture, and energy production. Jobs in Egypt fall into two major categories: those paid in local currency and those paid in foreign currencies.

The government has committed to fixing the country's infrastructure, particularly the railroad system and, aside from that, foreign investors have immense interest in investment opportunities because of the country's recent introduction of economic and taxation reforms. 

Expats with the right skills and experience will most probably find work in Egypt although the country is currently going through a several economic issues that have led to terrorist attacks and kidnappings. Expats looking for work in Egypt are advised to stay alert and vigilant while avoiding areas such as the border with Libya and the upper area of the Nile.

"Most employers take care of visas and work permits because dealing with the authorities is a nightmare. Currently, the authorities are being very tough on visas and work permits and on taking hard currency out of the country."- Maryanne Stroud Gabbani, Expat in Egypt

Culture in the Workplace 

Egyptians can be very self-sacrificial when it comes to saving the interest of the group they belong in, putting more importance on co-worker relationships than the tasks at hand. The mood in the work place is warm and friendly, although this doesn't mean anyone is excused from not doing his job. Women are advised to dress modestly, as Egyptian men can be forward with foreign women, particularly when it comes to the unrest and economic situation that the country is currently going through.

Working Hours

There are three calendars Egypt uses: the Gregorian, Hegra, and Coptic calendars. This means holiday dates may differ year after year. Working hours begins at 9 am and end between 4 and 5 pm. During Ramadan, working hours may be reduced to give Muslims time to practice their traditions during these holidays. The average salary in Egypt is 8.472 EGP. 

How to Get a Job 

In Egypt, traditional job advertising practices are not always applied. Instead, Egyptians market and learn about jobs strictly through networking. Sometimes, job listings do land in newspapers, but success is usually limited filling these positions because people are so used to word-of-mouth being the best advertising method.There are also opportunities such as teaching aerobics at a local gym or packing bags at the grocery. In Zumalek and Maadi, there are a good number of expatriate communities selling services to each other such as manicures, hairdressing, etc.

Expatriates seeking a job in Egypt are advised to be cautious as the political unrest that the country is going through has led to a rise in terrorism. As there have been violent demonstrations and casualties in the country, expats should have a high degree of caution when going to Egypt.


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