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Jordan: Maternity benefits

Updated by Florence Bonnet on 12.06.2015

Institutional framework, legal framework

Current law: 2010 (Temporary Social Security Law No. 7), maternity insurance to be implemented in 2011.

“As for maternity benefits, while the Labor Law stipulates that the employer shall cover 10 weeks of wages for maternity benefits, the reality is that most private employers avoid this cost either by not hiring females to begin with, or hiring them and then firing them when they get married or later when they get pregnant. The recently adopted Social Security Law (No. 7, 2010) provides for maternity benefits through a 0.75 percent payroll contribution paid by the employer on behalf of both male and female employees. Distributing the cost across males and females reduces the ‘per head’ cost and effectively “socializes” the cost across gender and removes incentives to discriminate in hiring decisions due to maternity benefits.” ILO Natlex

“The institutional framework goals are … to establish a level playing field of social protection and access to health insurance, independent of whether workers are in the public or private sector, and regardless of the size of the enterprise. These … goals are spelled out into intermediate goals and specific program objectives, which in turn are translated into actions.” National Employment Strategy 2011-2020


The financial resources of Maternity Insurance will consist of the following:

  • Monthly contributions apportioned by the employer at a rate of 0.75% of payroll.
  • Interests, fines and additional sums shall be entailed in case of noncompliance w ith the provisions of this insurance.
  • The proceeds of investment of the above mentioned resources.


All workers subject to the rules of the Labour Law regardless of their sex or nationalities ranging between (16-60) years old for males and (16-55) for females, as well as public employees not subject to civil or military retirement law, and Jordanians employed at foreign political, military or international missions in Jordan.
Exclusions: Self-employed persons, voluntary contributors, and certain categories of government and public-sector employees as determined by the Board of Directors of the Social Security Corporation.

Social partners role

Social partners are participating in the administration of the scheme as members of the Board of Directors.

ILO involvement

The ILO carried out a feasibility study on the establishment of a maternity insurance scheme in Jordan, and the related financial assessment. The ILO also assisted in the drafting of the legislation.


Information in this section comes from the Observatory of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and it covers Sickness & Maternity. It is collected through surveys carried out by the ISSA in co-operation with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).
  • Regulatory framework
  • Coverage
  • Source of funds
  • Qualifying conditions
  • Cash benefits for insured workers


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