Jordan has become a top destination for skilled garment workers from Bangladesh, says a report by Arab News. Hundreds of Bangladeshi women find employment in Jordan’s clothing sector every week. The Jordanian garment sector currently employs 40,000 Bangladeshi women. In other Middle Eastern countries, Bangladeshi women work mostly as domestic helpers. This presents a good opportunity for Bangladeshi female migrants to earn more as a skilled workforce with much more dignity. All they need to have is some working experience in the local garment factories. And female migrants are very interested in taking the opportunity since it’s an employer pay model, where the employer bears all costs to have the migrants’ services.
The average monthly salary of Bangladeshi garment workers in Jordan is between $260 and $360 and all of them initially receive two-year contracts. Bangladesh started exporting skilled garment workers to Jordan in 2010. Jordan’s garment industry has expanded rapidly in the past few years. The demand for Bangladeshi labor has been on the rise since the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. In 2020, Jordan accepted only about 3700 garment workers from Bangladesh, but this year up to September 30 more than 12,300 had already left for the Middle Eastern country. Jordanian employers bear all the costs of processing working permits, travel, accommodation and healthcare.