Employment program to create 60,000 jobs in first quarter — Labor Minister

9. Nayef Steitieh as Minister of Labor
Minister of Labor Nayef Steitieh. (photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Cabinet has approved a program that will employ 60,000 people between 18 and 40 years old, Minister of Labor Nayef Steitieh said on Sunday, Hala News reported.اضافة اعلان

The program will be launched in the first quarter of this year, according to Steitieh, and will prioritize women and beneficiaries of the National Aid Fund.

The government has approved the National Employment Program as part of the government's economic priorities for 2021–2023, upon Royal directives to ensure job opportunities to Jordanians, the minister said.

Stetieh said that the program will provide JD130 as subsidy to participants’ monthly wages and JD10 for transportation, as well as JD10 for social security contributions for a period of six months, provided that a 12-month work contract is signed between the employer and the worker.

The program aims to empower Jordanian youth and facilitate their access to “decent job opportunities” in the private sector.

Tackling the challenge of unemployment is a national responsibility, the labor minister said, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that ensuring harmony between all employment programs and projects is key, and that training should happen in partnership between the public and private sectors.

The program was designed with the input of the private sector, based on available data through the program’s steering committee, the minister said.

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