Payroll and Benefits Guide Jordan

Last updated: May 28, 2023

Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Employer Taxes
Payroll Frequency
Employee Costs
Date Format
Fiscal Year
January1 - December 31



Employer Payroll Contributions


Social Security


Total Employment Cost


Employee Payroll Contributions


Social Security and Pension


Total Employee Cost

Employee Income Tax


Up to 5,000 JOD


5,000 JOD – 10,000 JOD


10,000 JOD – 15,000 JOD


15,000 JOD – 20,000 JOD


20,000 JOD – 1,000,000 JOD


1,000,000 and over

Any amount exceeding JOD 200,000 of the annual taxable income for individuals will be subject to 1% as national contribution tax.

Employer taxes


Employee taxes


Minimum Wage


The Tripartite Committee for Labor Affairs decided to fix the minimum wage in Jordan at JOD 260 for the years 2023 and 2024.




Payroll Frequency

The payroll frequency in Jordan is monthly. Payments must be made on the same day of each month and no later than the last working day of each month. Some employers choose to pay their employees on a bi-weekly basis.

Working Hours

Working Hours

8 hours per day, 48 hours per week, Sunday to Thursday.


When an employee is requested to work overtime or work on holidays, there are maximums in relation to the number of hours allowed. Subject to Article 57 of the Labor Law, obligatory overtime is capped at 30 days per year.

Overtime must be paid at a rate of 125% salary on working days and 150% salary on holidays or rest days. Exemptions might apply for certain workers e.g. supervisors and managers.

Working Week



Paid Time Off

Employees are entitled to a minimum of 15 days of annual paid leave increasing to 21 days after five years of service. Each employer can decide their own carryover policy.

Vacation Days
Public Holidays

Public Holidays

There are 8 public holidays in 2023.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to 14 days a year at full pay by the employer. A further 14 days might be required in cases of hospitalization or based on a doctor’s recommendation.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to maternity leave with full pay for ten weeks including rest before and after delivery. Leave after delivery shall be no less than six weeks long.  After returning from maternity leave, the woman is entitled to one hour’s leave during the workday to nurse the child until the child reaches the age of one.

Employers with at least twenty married women workers in their employment shall provide an adequate facility under the care of a trained nurse for the employees’ children under four years of age if at least ten of them are in such an age group.



Paternity Leave

The amended labor law grants new fathers three days’ leave from work with full pay after the birth of a child, whereas before, the labor law previously made no provision for paternity leave.


Termination Process

The termination process varies according to the employment agreement or collective bargaining agreement and is based on the type of contract and reason for termination.

Either the employee or employer can terminate the employment contract at any time. Notice in writing is required. According to Section 21 of the labor code, a contract of employment shall be considered terminated if both parties agree to terminate it, the duration of the contract has expired or the work itself has been completed, or the employee dies or is no longer capable of working due to a disease or disability certified by the medical authority.

Notice Period

One month’s written notice is required, applied to both employer and worker. No notice is required during the probation period. Limited-term contracts cannot be terminated.


Severance must be given to workers if they are not subject to the Social Security law paid as an “end of service compensation” at a rate of one month’s pay for each year of service.



Work/employment visa can be obtained upon the request of the employer. The company that intends to hire foreign nationals shall submit the application on behalf of its employee with the demonstration of a viable contract. An official work permit should be issued by the Ministry of Labor in line with the Art. 12 of the labor law in Jordan.

However, there are strict conditions with regard to the eligible conditions; most importantly, the employer must prove that the vacancy cannot be filled by any other Jordanian worker due to the lack of required experience and qualification or the number of Jordanian workers who are eligible for the vacancy are not sufficient thus, it fails to meet the needs of the corporation



The standard VAT rate is 16%.

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Public Holidays Calendar

Jordan 2023
Day Date Holiday Notes
Sunday Jan-1 New Year’s Day
Friday Apr-21 Festival of Breaking the Fast
Monday May-1 Labor Day
Thursday May-25 Independence Day
Wednesday Jun-28 Feast of the Sacrifice
Wednesday Jul-19 Islamic New Year’s Day
Tuesday Sep-26 Birth of the Prophet
Monday Dec-25 Christmas