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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Finance Ministry approves 10% social welfare raise for bureaucrats not under Civil Service Act

Government employees who don’t fall under the Civil Service Act are getting a 10% social welfare raise after the Finance Ministry signed off yesterday on the measure, which will apply retroactively from last July (the first month of the current fiscal year), Al Borsa reports. The minimum raise per employee was set at EGP 65 per month, and the maximum at EGP 120. According to Finance Minister Amr El Garhy, the measure will cost the state EGP 3.5 bn this fiscal year. El Garhy came to the agreement with the House Manpower Committee, which had been pushing to apply the raise to civil servants across the board. The committee had unilaterally approved a bill mandating the raise earlier this month, after the Ismail cabinet refused an original request to give civil servants an additional 10% social welfare bonus on top of the 7% annual bump granted under the Act. Articles 37 and 38 of the Act’s executive regulations stipulate a 7% annual raise for all civil regulations and allows an additional 5% performance-based bonus for a limited number of employees. Al Shorouk has the full text of the approved amendments.

So who’s getting a raise under the measure? State-employed physicians, teachers, public transportation workers, employees of most public-sector companies and a number of government bodies, including the central bank and the Central Auditing Organization.

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