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WORKING ABROAD / SEP. 20, 2012
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Working in Tunisia’s Public Sector

 Tunisia’s labour force stands at approximately 3.3 million, with 25% employed in the public sector. Tunisia’s public sector has undergone numerous changes in recent years, demonstrating dramatic improvement.

As a worker in Tunisia’s public sector you will be able to take advantage of a number of incentives that are offered by the government. Such incentives have been introduced as a way to encourage people to find employment within this sector.

The public sector has experienced many changes in recent years, in an attempt to improve the quality of the services offered to clients and the overall operations of the government.

Salary

The government of Tunisia will raise salaries in the public sector by 35 dinars per month in 2013. Such salary increases were negotiated by the UGTT and UTICA – 2 of Tunisia’s largest and most powerful unions. This increase in salary has been implemented in an attempt to improve the economic security of Tunisia’s laborers.

Working conditions

There are numerous trade unions in Tunisia, with the national labor confederation, the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT), being one of the largest and most powerful in the country. The minimum working age in manufacturing is 16, and in light work and other non-industrial sectors is 13 years of age. The law prohibits children under this age to work, whilst forced child labour is also against the law.

Working hours

The Labour Code set a standard 48 hour working week for most sectors, and requires one 24 hour rest period. The industrial minimum wage is 170 dinars per month (approximately US$155) for a 48 hour workweek, and 149 dinars (US$136) for a 49 hour workweek. 

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