Tripartite Labor Committee fixes minimum wage at JD260 through 2024

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AMMAN — The Tripartite Committee for Labor Affairs has decided to keep the minimum wage in Jordan at JD260, and not to raise it in 2023 or 2024, a source told Al-Mamlaka TV on Thursday.  اضافة اعلان

With the decision, the committee stipulated that it would review the minimum wage at the beginning of 2025, recalculating it to account for inflation witnessed in the Kingdom from 2022 through 2024.

On Thursday, the tripartite committee, whose members represent employers, workers, and the government, held a meeting chaired by Labor Minister Youssef Al-Shamali to study the minimum wage.

During the meeting, the committee members affirmed their keenness to achieve a balance between improving the living conditions of workers and sustaining economic activities in various sectors, in light of intense competition with regional and global markets and the negative impact of the pandemic on institutions and economic activities.

The result of the meeting was a decision to keep the minimum wage at the current JD260 for the next two years.

The last minimum wage increaseEarly in 2020, the Official Gazette had published a decision to raise the minimum wage from JD220 to JD260, to take effect at the beginning of 2021.

The decision also included "increasing the minimum wage for the years 2022, 2023, and 2024, equivalent to the inflation rate for the previous year, which is issued by the authorities".

‘Burdens and costs’Last year, Shamali stated that any decision to raise minimum wage would be tied to the private sector, not the public sector, noting that the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic had played a role in the failure to issue any decision raising the minimum wage in the past two years.

In a previous statement, the minister said he “did not expect" minimum wage to be raised for 2023 and 2024, attributing this to the "burdens and costs" that would be reflected on the public and private sectors.

Last month, the Social Security Corporation announced that Jordan’s minimum wage would be increased to JD271, then retracted the decision a day later, keeping it at JD260.

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