Jordan minimum wage

10 Jun

What is the Jordan Minimum Wage?

Jordan’s Minimum Wage is the lowest amount a worker can be legally paid for his work. Most countries have a nation-wide minimum wage that all workers must be paid.

The minimum wage rate in Jordan is 150 Jordanian dinars per month for workers in all sectors. Jordan’s minimum wage was last changed in 2008.

How does Jordan’s minimum wage compare to the minimum wage in other countries?

Jordan’s yearly minimum wage is $2.00 in International Currency. International Currency is a measure of currency based on the value of the United States dollar. There are countries with a higher Minimum Wage than Jordan, and Jordan is in the top 0 percent of all countries based on the yearly minimum wage rate.
Jordan has a government-mandated minimum wage, and no worker in Jordan can be paid less then this mandatory minimum rate of pay. Employers in Jordan who fail to pay the Minimum Wage may be subject to punishment by Jordan’s government.


The best and worst paying jobs in America

9 Jun

If you want to get rich, work in an operating room if you like poverty, try a restaurant.

C-level executives continue to stand out for what many consider to be their excessive pay, but it turns out they aren’t, on average, bringing in the biggest paychecks. According to government data released Tuesday, doctors have the best-paying jobs in America.

In operating rooms across the country, surgeons earn an average of $108.36 an hour, for an average annual salary of $225,390, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics‘ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. The survey reflects May 2010 salary and employment data gathered from nearly 1.2 million businesses. Nine of the nation’s 10 highest-paying occupations are in the medical field, including anesthesiologist, general practitioner, orthodontist, and obstetrician and gynecologist.

Doctors’ salaries are so high not only because of supply and demand but also to offset the amounts they have to invest in education and malpractice insurance. The 43,230 surgeons in the U.S. also work lengthy shifts and do complicated procedures to earn their sizeable salaries.

The second highest-paying job in America: anesthesiologist. These 34,820 high-earning medical professionals bring in $105.82 an hour, for an average annual salary of $220,100. That’s about $9,000 more than they made last year. But anesthesiologists, like others in medical work, can pay well into six figures a year in medical malpractice premiums.

Chief executives, the only non-doctors who crack the list of top-10 earners, earn an average of $173,350 per year. That figure pales in comparison with what some execs at very big companies take home. Last year the highest paid chief executive in the U.S., UnitedHealth Group’s Stephen Hemsley, earned $102 million. The second-highest paid CEO, Qwest Communications’ Edward Mueller, took home $66 million in salary, bonus and stock. Chief executives hold the No. 9 spot for America’s highest earners.

At other end of the wage spectrum, employees in the food service industry dominate. Fast food cooks earn $8.91 an hour, for an average annual salary of $18,540. More than a half million people in the U.S. work as fast food cooks, and another 2.7 million are in food preparation and serving. Dishwashers and shampooers trail close behind, making $18,680 and $19,140, respectively.

The gap between America’s highest- and lowest-paying jobs widens if you include perks and benefits. Health insurance, for example, often represents a third of an employee’s salary and isn’t offered for many low-paying jobs.

The good news is that workers at both ends of the spectrum made more last year, and across the U.S. the mean salary for all workers rose 2.1 percent to $44,410.

By Jacquelyn Smith

Raise your voice to raise your wage . . .

8 Jun

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8 Jun

JORDAN: Minimum wage rise not enough, say labour unions.

A government promise earlier this week to increase the minimum wage has not pacified workers’ demands for more pay, badly needed to cope with recent hikes in fuel prices.

While the wage rise is “better than nothing”, according to General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFTU) President Mazen al-Maaytah, “it still isn’t enough to help workers face recent increases in the cost of living.”

On the occasion of Labour Day on 1 May, Labour Minister Bassem Salem announced an increase of the equivalent of US $21 over the current US $133 monthly minimum wage for workers, to become effective in June. “The measure was taken to support the workforce, which is facing harsh economic conditions,” said Salem.

According to labour leaders, the monthly minimum wage should be no less than the equivalent of US $420. Given the state of the national economy, however, al-Maaytah said that demanding such an amount would have been “unrealistic”. Agreement on the wage rise was reached through negotiations between private and public sector leaders as well as labour chiefs.

Jordan’s Minimum Wage Law came into force in 1999, setting the minimum salary at the equivalent of US $112. In January 2003, this was increased by the equivalent of US $7, and again by another US $14 last year.

Government and union officials expect the new measure to encourage Jordanian citizens to replace some of the 320,000 documented foreign labourers currently working in the kingdom. Most of these are from Egypt, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and work in unskilled sectors such as construction and agriculture.

Lawyers dealing with migrant workers’ issues, however, question this assumption. “I don’t understand why Jordanians would start taking jobs in sectors like agriculture or domestic service,” said lawyer Firas Ta’amneh. “Neither of these falls under the Labour Law and, therefore, neither the minimum wage nor the social security benefits apply.”

According to union figures, the national labour force is currently 1.2 million strong. While unemployment is officially estimated at 13.5 percent, unofficial estimates put the figure as high as 27 percent.

Despite claims that most businesses are complying with wage laws, workers and labour leaders say many employers avoid paying the legal minimum salary. “Out of 100 workers, 10 or 12 receive the minimum wage”, said al-Maaytah.

Earlier this year, the labour ministry issued 686 warnings and fines to institutions and companies found violating the Labour Law. Penalties for violators can be as high as the equivalent of US $70 per worker. If the violation is repeated, the penalty is doubled, according to the law.

Jordan is no stranger to labour disputes. On Wednesday, the Arab Potash Company finally agreed to demands for more pay made by striking workers, according to English-language daily the Jordan Times.