Foreign labour in Egypt's private investment sector shrank in 2017 by 4.1 percent year-on-year, CAPMAS announced on Sunday. The number of foreigners working in private companies in Egypt fell to 13,469 foreigners in 2017, down from 14,045 in 2016.
Of the total number of foreigners working in Egypt, 40.4 percent were new employees (5,441 foreigners), while the rest renewed exisiting contracts.
The vast majority of foreign labour originated from Non-Arab Asian countries, with 38.8 percent of total foreigners working in the private investment sector in Egypt. Non-Arab Asian employees came mostly from India (28.4 percent) and Bangladesh (28.2 percent).
Europeans came second, at 29 percent, mostly English (16.4 percent) and Italians (15.9 percent).
Expats from Arab countries represented 22.3 percent, of which 40.4% most were Palestinians (1,210 Palestinian nationals), while Syrians represented 30.2% of Arab expats (904 Syrians).The number of Non-Arabic African citizens stood at 163 workers, representing 1.2 percent.
These were followed by Australians and North and South Americans at 7.4 percent, half from the United Stated and 20.5 percent from Canada.
The vast majority of foreign labourers in Egypt are technicians and assistants, which can be broken down into specialists (29.9 percent), followed by legislators, high-ranking officials, and managers (25 percent).
Scientific workers and specialists come next, representing 23.6 percent of foreign labor force.
As for foreign employees per sector, transformative industries came first, with 29.3 percent of total foreign labor force, followed by unspecified other services activities (19.1 percent), while health and social sectors had the lowest percentage of 2.4 percent of total foreign labour in Egypt in 2017 (324 foreigners).
Working permission fees cost EGP1,000, according to the Ministry of Manpower.