The rate of workers with legal contracts reached 57.4% of the total amount of paid workers in Egypr, according to press statement issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) Tuesday.
This percentage increased to 87.6% between females, compared to 51.0% between males.
The percentage of workers with a legal contract in the governmental sector was the highest, at 99.5%, followed by workers in the public sector and public businesses, at 97.9%.
Employees in investment sector registered a 94.3% rate of contracts, followed by workers in the private sector (inside institutions or major companies) with a rate of 44.2%. The lowest rate of contracted employees are workers outside of institutions, registering only 1.1% of the total number of paid workers.
In the statement, issued on the occasion of World Day for Decent Work, CAPMAS said 72.3% of the labour force is made up of males, compared to 23.1% females. CAPMAS attributed this disparity to the dominant pattern in the Egyptian labour market.
The statement said the rate of contribution to economic activity (labour force in proportion to the population aged 15 years and over) reached 48.0% of the total population in 2014.
“The percentage of permanent workers reached 68.3% of the total paid workers, and this percentage increases to 87.3% between females, compared to 64.3% for males,” the statement read.
“The percentage of permanent workers in the governmental sector reached the highest at 96.6%, followed by workers in public sector and public businesses at 95.4%,” the statement continued.
Meanwhile, the percentage for permanent workers in the private sector amounted to 15.8%.
The statement said the percentage of workers with social insurance reached 59.2% of the total of paid workers. The percentage between females increases to 83.9%, compared to 54% for males.
Furthermore, the percentage of workers with health insurance amounted to 50.5%, with 79.3% among females, compared to 44.4% among males.
World Day for Decent Work is celebrated in 7 October of every year. The day aims to enhance the idea of decent work standards, and confirm workers’ and unions’ determination to stand together internationally to guarantee basic rights for workers.