Half of Jordan’s workers don’t have social security

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AMMAN — A recent report has revealed that nearly half of Jordan’s workforce remains without any form of social protection. The report argues for the need to develop new, cost-effective insurance tools to expand social security coverage in Jordan.اضافة اعلان

The report, titled "Unorganized Labor in Jordan: Absent Social Protection," was issued by the Jordanian Labor Observatory in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Tuesday, September 19, Al-Rai reported.

Affected sectors
The report highlights that most of labor not covered by social security in Jordan is concentrated in sectors such as agriculture, construction, private sector transportation, as well as teachers and educators in supplementary education, literacy teachers, and service procurement employees in the public sector.

The report also notes that unorganized workers in organized sectors constitute about 17 percent of these sectors’ total workforce. This includes workplaces such as private schools, secretarial work, supporting healthcare companies, private security companies, medium and small retail businesses, and private hair salons, according to previous studies by the Social Security Corporation.

Causes of unorganized labor
The report explains that various policies have contributed to the expansion of unorganized labor in Jordan and have led many employers in economic sectors to exclude their workers from social security coverage.

The report argues that the optional subscription rate is very high and acts as a deterrent, as it amounts to 17.5 percent of the monthly wage. Additionally, the exclusion of broad labor sectors from the provisions of the Social Security Law, such as domestic workers and those working less than 16 days a month, has significantly contributed to the expansion of unorganized labor in Jordan.

The report argues that the corporation must develop a variety of tools to support and encourage social security. The development of these tools should either involve reducing social security subscription rates or establishing a dedicated fund funded from the annual state budget to cover a portion of these subscriptions.

They emphasize the urgency of the matter as Social protection is considered a human right, and not an exclusive one.

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