Parliament committee sets maximum wage for government employees

The People's Assembly Budget and Planning Committee on Monday approved in principle a draft law setting the maximum wage for a government employee at LE50,000 per month, except in cases of utmost necessity, which should be approved by the cabinet at the request of the relevant minister or authority.

The law also stipulates that an employee’s salary should be disbursed by one single government body, and that those receiving more than the maximum wage should report it 30 days before the end of the fiscal year.

The law did not include a punishment for failure to report extra income. A punishment already exists in the penal code, which imposes a minimum fine of 25 percent of total extra income with the possibility of a 100 percent fine.

Total income includes basic salary, bonuses, incentives, and allowances for attending meetings of boards of directors or committees, whether at an employee’s place of employment or outside.

The law would be applied to government civil servants, public sector employees, employees of national services, the police, and those with special contracts, such as employees of the judiciary and state universities.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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