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Prime minister launches National Employment Program

Program expected to provide 60,000 private-sector jobs

2. PM National Employment
Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh (left) and State Minister for Media Affairs Faisal Shboul speak at a press conference at the Prime Ministry on April 3, 2022. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh launched the 2022 National Employment Program, which is expected to provide 60,000 job opportunities for Jordanians in the private sector, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

The launch took place Sunday during a press conference held at the Prime Ministry, where State Minister for Media Affairs Faisal Shboul and Minister of Labor Nayef Steitieh were present.

Under the National Employment Program, for which an amount of JD80 million has been allocated, the government will subsidize the salary of individuals employed in the private sector at JD150 per month.

However, only employment contracts of 12 months or longer will be eligible for the subsidy, and the subsidy will only be extended for a six-month period for each employee. Khasawneh told a press conference that the program is a major commitment enshrined in the government's 2021–2023 economic action plan.

The government aims to have women comprise 35 percent of the program’s beneficiaries, and individuals registered with the National Aid Fund to comprise seven percent, the prime minister said, adding that people with disabilities are welcome to participate in the program.

Khasawneh stressed the program’s importance, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. By introducing the program, the government hopes to create job opportunities for youth and facilitate partnerships between the public and private sectors.

The unemployment rate rose by 4 percent during the pandemic, Khasawneh said, before adding that it decreased thanks to intervention from the government and the Social Security Corporation, the latter of which protected thousands of jobs from being lost.

Minister of Labor Nayef Steitieh said, “The program was designed in cooperation with the private sector, and this is the reason for its strength,” pointing out that what distinguishes this program is that the private sector requested it.

Steitieh stressed that for the beneficiaries registered with the National Aid Fund, their employment will not affect the aid that is disbursed to them from the fund.

He said that the government's contribution to wages will be paid through the Social Security Corporation, adding that Jordanian companies that have not laid off any staff in the past year are eligible. The application period for the program began on Sunday, Steitieh said, and application forms are available at www.tashgheel.gov.jo.


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