From management executives, to physicians and nurses, to researchers, Jordan’s education
system is on the cutting-edge of 21st century learning. Whether potential investors
are considering Jordan for a stand-alone operation, joint venture, or sales platform,
the country’s human capital is a prime asset. Jordan’s training investments in technology,
manufacturing, service, and sales are higher than the regional average, while wage
rates are appreciably lower. Jordan also has the highest percentage of physicians
in the MENA region which is 26 for every 10,000 persons, according to the World
Health Organization (WHO).
In addition, Jordan’s labor force has a strong work ethic, as this is an integral
part of the local culture. Employers in Jordan enjoy low turnover rates, typically
less than 2% annually, and the supply of labor is significant. It is not uncommon
for highly-qualified professionals to work for the same company for decades, as
loyalty is ingrained in Jordanian culture. Currently, Jordan’s unemployment rate
of 13% provides companies with access to a large pool of unemployed and underemployed
candidates that are highly trained in their fields and are looking for opportunities
to become part of international companies.
A few key facts about Jordan’s talent pool in Medical Services:
- Jordan is among the region’s highest spenders on education, investing more
than 20.4% of its GDP to develop a labor force that it’s tailored to meet
the needs of the market.
- Jordan’s literacy rate of 91% is among the highest in the Middle East.
- Over 200,000 students attend 26 universities and another 20,000 Jordanians are earning
degrees abroad. More than 90% of Jordan’s physicians have studied and/or are
- 70% of Jordan’s population is under the age of 30, thereby creating opportunities
for growing companies that want to serve the MENA region.
- Jordan’s business-friendly labor laws and regulations offer flexible options
- Females comprise 51% of undergraduate students, thereby offering companies a broad
cross section of educated workers.
- Jordan’s density of physicians (26 per 10,000) is higher than any country
in the MENA region, and rivals that of the United States.
- At 32 nurses per 10,000 population, Jordan’s density is comparable to Thailand
(34 nurses per 10,000 population), which is one of the leading countries in the
- Jordan’s density of pharmacists at 14 per 10,000 population places the country
among global leaders such as Japan (19 per 10,000 population) and Finland (16 per
Salaries for highly trained Jordanian health care professionals are some of the
most competitive in the region, and are less susceptible to inflation pressures
associated with the MENA region. The following table summarizes the average monthly
salaries within the industry:6
Table 2: Healthcare Personnel Salaries scale
6 Source: Private Hospitals Association
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