SSC General Director, Dr. Omar Al Razzaz has assured that the kingdom in an urgent need for adopting a national employment strategy that extends over the coming two decades in order to address the imbalances the labor market suffer from.
Al Razzaz has clarified during a lecture given by him in Addustour Newspaper yesterday that Jordanian labor market suffers from a set of imbalances, while described the strategy that could be adopted to eliminate the problems of the labor market that is already available.
Al Razzaz has revealed some numbers which could indicate the drawbacks of the Jordanian labor market on the top of them the low percentage of the male laborers with 64% in the local labor market, while in Syria it is 89%, in Morocco 84%, and in Egypt 77%.
He pointed out to the low percentage of the female laborers in the local labor market which is 12% compared with 39% in Syria, 22% in Egypt. He mentioned how is problematic for the national economy to generate job opportunities which reaches currently to 50,000 annually, in the time this percentage should multiply to 100,000 annually during the coming decade.
Al Razzaz said that for the economy to generate 100,000 job opportunity during one year there must be a national strategy, otherwise the queues of the unemployed will increase. He reviewed the problem of the low percentage of laborers inside the kingdom, which he assured that is one of the lowest in the world, reflecting the high percentage of support in the Jordanian community which the highest in the world.
Al Razzaz said that the SSL has led us to safety in many aspects, like financial sustainability, securing protection, expanding the coverage base, enhancing the institutional governance and fortifying the investment decision, what left depends on the internal and external control.
He clarified that the law in its current draft has added building blocks and fortified the foundations of it, and the other goal sought by social security is creating a constant labor market with safe working environment, showing that the biggest challenges which will face us during the coming decade are unemployment problems. Al Razzaz has pointed put that the number of the Jordanian unemployed persons is 170,000, while the immigrant laborers inside the kingdom are 420,000, which is the equivalent of more than twice the Jordanian unemployed persons.
Al Razzaz said that immigrant laborers enjoy the same characteristics of the Jordanian unemployed persons in terms of education, and age, which means immigrant laborers, could be replaced with local laborers.