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The Active Population in Figures

201820192020
Labour Force 2,380,6972,422,9442,389,259

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
201720182019
Total activity rate 52.72%52.79%52.80%
Men activity rate 68.67%68.79%68.83%
Women activity rate 36.45%36.47%36.46%

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 

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Working Conditions

Legal Weekly Duration
 48 hours
Retirement Age
 Retirement age is fixed at 65 for men, 60 for women and 62 for civil servants.
Working Contracts
Employment law is regulated by law number 15 of 1981.
Foreign employees cannot expect a work contract in Libya unless they have a work permit and a residence permit issued by the competent Libyan authorities. The contract is in the form of a written undertaking that must include:
- the duration of the undertaking,
- the rights and obligations of the employee,
- the number of hours worked daily and weekly,
- holidays,
- length of leave periods,
- the salary as well as overtime payments,
- accommodation,
- insurance.

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Cost of Labour

Minimum Wage
LYD 250 per month (source: ILO, 2011).
Average Wage
The average monthly gross earnings is LYD 190.
Social Contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers:  11.25%
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees:  3.75%

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Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
 There is only one trade union in Libya that employees are allowed to join. This is the National Federation Of Unions, formed in 1972. Foreign workers are not allowed to form unions.
Labour Regulation Bodies
The Revolutionary Command Council (RCC)

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