Living Wage Series - Egypt - December 2018 - In Egyptian Pound, per Month

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The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator uses prices from the Cost of Living Survey to calculate Living Wage in more than 60 countries. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, tax deductions and other necessities.

The following table summarises the varying expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in Egyptian Pound)

  Typical family Standard family Single-adult
  from-to from-to from-to
Food 1130-1610 850-1220 215-305
Housing 625-1100 625-1100 315-510
Transport 120-180 120-180 60-90
Health 150-200 150-200 38-50
Education 500-500 500-500 0
Other costs 125-180 110-160 31-48
Total Expenditure 2650-3770 2355-3360 659-1003
Net Living Wage 1656-2356 1308-1867 659-1003
Gross Living Wage 1910-2710 1510-2150 755-1160

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.


Family Living Wages (monthly rates in Egyptian Pound)

There is not a single answer to what is the adequate cost of living. The result is complex, as the cost of living varies by household composition, location, and employment pattern. The following table presents the Living Wage estimates for a set of most common family household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

Typical family (two parents + 3.3 children, 1.6 working) 1910-2710
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 1510-2150
Two parents and two children, 2 working 1360-1930
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 1810-2580
Two parents and two children, 1 working 2710-3870
Two parents and three children, 1.6 working 1860-2640
Two parents and four children, 1.6 working 2020-2880
Single-adult without children, 1 working 755-1160

Note: Results in the table are rounded.


Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in Egyptian Pound)

The Minimum Wage is a national legally binding obligation on employers which often make no reference to a living standard. Living Wage describes the adequate living standard. The common goal of the many living wage campaigns currently taking place all over the world is to lift Minimum Wages levels to those of the Living Wages. WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including prevailing wages of workers over recent years.

  2015 2016 2017 2018
Minimum wage 1200 1200 1200 1200
Living Wage - Single Adult 745-1040 720-995 710-990 760-1160
Living Wage - Typical Family 1850-2510 1850-2460 1840-2460 1910-2710
Real wage of low-skilled worker - - - 1710-2360
Real wage of medium-skilled worker - - - 2100-3110
Real wage of high-skilled worker - - - 2520-3980

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages. Results in the table are rounded.

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Food basket and food prices in Egyptian Pound

The food expenditure is the main component of Living Wage and it is determined by the price of food basket. The food prices are taken from WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey which collects the actual prices of all items necessary to calculate the Living Wage. The composition of the food basket is taken from the national food balance sheets published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The food basket is scaled to 2,100 calories per person per day that is the nutritional requirement for good health proposed by World Bank (Handbook on poverty and inequality, 2009).

Food item Grams per day Energy (kcal) Price per kilo
Wheat, barley and cereals products 255 745 1-2
Rice 68 259 4-5
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 58 82 30-50
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 8 66 10-13
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 110 184 5-5
Maize and products 106 370 3-4
Milk - Excluding Butter 101 58 6-7
Vegetables, Other 147 36 4-6
Potatoes and products 62 47 2-3
Butter, Ghee 4 28 35-40
Groundnuts (Shelled Eq) 4 15 20-25
Pulses, Other and products 9 30 10-15
Cassava and products 0 0 5-5
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 8 11 8.3-10
Sunflowerseed Oil 3 27 13-17
Fish products 38 25 20-24
Beer (0.5 liter/pint) 2 1 18-20
Sweeteners, Other 3 9 5-5
Beans 1 2 8-9
Sweet potatoes 5 5 2-3
Bananas 22 13 5-7
Soyabeans 1 4 10-10
Apples and products 15 7 10-12
Tomatoes and products 153 28 3-5
Onions 29 12 2-3
Oranges, Mandarines 47 14 4-5
Plantains 0 0 7-8
Peas 0 1 6-10
Roots, Other 2 1 2-3
Seeds and kernels 1 6 15-22
Wine (bottle) 0 0 11-11
Cream 0 0 15-23
Olives (including preserved) 9 12 22-40
Honey 0 0 33-45
Citrus, Other 0 0 3-3
Lemons, Limes and products 5 1 5-8
Tea (including mate) 2 1 20-36
Grapefruit and products 0 0 8-10
Coffee and products 1 1 40-60


WageIndicator Living Wage background:

The WageIndicator Living Wage is set to provide acceptable living standard to a family of a particular size. WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours which reflect the most frequently found real situations in which people have to make a living: 1. Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Typical family is comprised of two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her lifespan). One adult is working full-time and the working hours of second adult are approximated by national employment rate. The total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 2. Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children (referred to as family 2+2). Living wage is calculated under different assumptions about working hours. These include that both adults work full-time (family employment rate is 2), or at least one adult works part-time or half-time (family employment rate is 1.8 and 1.5), or one adult does not work at all (i.e. patriarchal model with family employment 1). Alternatives refer to trade-offs between leisure and work and define what living wage represents. In every case the total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 3. Extended family Living Wage includes family with three or four children. One adult works full-time and the work intensity of second parent is approximated by national employment rate. 4. Individual Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time.

Data sources: WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey, World Bank Databank Fertility rate 2010-2014, ILO Estimated participation rate in 2017, FAO Food balance sheet in 2013.

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