Labour Market Information for Education and Career Guidance

This is based on official statistical data produced by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) from a representative sample of more than 90,000 households annually.

This brochure is the result of a) a dialogue with university career counsellors, who have helped in identifying the type of information that would be of most value for educational and professional orientation, and b) careful data analysis, to match such information needs with the available labour market statistics, ensuring reliability and providing as much detail as statistically sound. Data used is for private sector workers with university education. To smooth-out short term (yearly) variations, data is averaged over the period 2009 to 2019.

Key findings:
1. The economic sectors for tertiary graduates that grew above the average growth rate (5%) and with large numbers of hires include: wholesale and retail trade (8% growth per year); accommodation and food service activities (7% growth per year); Education (6%) and construction (6%). The top sub-industries are: activities of households (23%), specialized construction activities (17% growth per year), wholesale and retail trade (+7-8% per annum).

2. Among the fastest growing occupations, those with large hiring numbers are: salespersons and demonstrators, customer service clerks, physical/engineering associate professionals, drivers and mobile plant operators, extraction and building trade workers, machine operators and assemblers, elementary occupations, teaching professionals and associate professionals, office clerks, other associate professionals. Life science and health professional occupations had a negative annual growth rate of -2% per annum.

3. About 10% of jobs in Egypt require university education. 51% of university graduates work as professionals.

4. Overall, 15% of all graduate workers are self-employed. Around 14% of professionals and technicians and associate professionals are self-employed.