Back to the complete issue
Wednesday, 30 March 2022

House approves early bonuses, raises for state employees and pensioners

The House of Representatives has approved a law that expedites public sector wage hikes and pension increases, an urgent measure announced last week to soften the economic impact of the Ukraine war, Ahram Online reports. The bill brings forward the new remuneration rates by three months, meaning that they will take effect at the beginning of April rather than at the start of the new fiscal year in July. This comes as part of a package of fiscal measures announced by the government last week to mitigate the impact of rising inflation and the recent EGP devaluation on household finances.

The details: Public sector workers covered by the Civil Service Act will receive an 8% raise on their gross monthly salaries at the beginning of April. Civil servants not within the legislation will get a 15% raise. Monthly bonuses will increase by EGP 175-400, depending on the rank. Meanwhile, pension payouts will rise by a minimum of EGP 120 a month.

OFFICIAL SPIN- Parliament’s approval of a law expediting public sector wage hikes and pension increases got attention on Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime 5:07) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime 6:24).

Also given final approval:

  • Amendments to the law regulating real estate brokers that would see a registry set up for licensed brokers.
  • Amendments to the law on illegal migration and people smuggling that will see tougher penalties and a national coordination committee set up.
  • Amendments to a law regulating the safety of vessels at sea that will make it mandatory for ship owners to report the sale or rent of their units to the authorities.

What’s next: The amended laws will now be on their way to President Abdelfattah El Sisi to be ratified into law.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt; Hassan Allam Properties (tax ID:  553-096-567), one of Egypt’s most prominent and leading builders; and Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (tax ID: 220-002-827), the leading audit, tax and accounting firm in Egypt.