Egypt's temp govt workers to be permanent in July: Budget committee
Head of committee says change will begin at start of new fiscal year, in a move that may eventually affect up to a half-million employees
Ahram Online, Tuesday 5 Jun 2012
Temporary employees of the Egyptian government are set to receive permanent contracts, the head of the Budget and Planning Committee in Parliament announced on Monday.
Saad El-Husseini told the People's Assembly that the change would be implemented at the start of July.
Egypt has an estimated 500,000 government employees on temporary contracts.
Around 5.8 million people work for the public administration, a figure that will likely climb to 6.3 million if temporary workers are finally granted tenure, Safwat El-Nahas head of the Central Agency for Organisation and Administration (CAOA), has previously said.
Temporary contracts were introduced to Egypt's public administration in 2000 in a bid to compensate for labour shortages while keeping the state budget at a manageable level.