What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

I telecommuted full-time, but was eventually laid off as I was told the company did not feel Jordan was secure enough. Most spouses worked inside embassy or not at all. I feel spouses are never paid what they’re worth in embassy jobs, and most don’t do it for the money. It is a means to be out of the house, meet people, and keep an active resume. - Sep 2018


I taught for a year on the local economy. It was a good opportunity, but I won't do it again because the pay was about half of what I am used to making. Many jobs are available at post, but there is always that "Do I really have a master's degree to be a secretary?" sigh when perusing the newsletter job announcements. - Sep 2018


Many embassy jobs and some in the NGO community and at schools. Getting work permits can be difficult, there is a big problem with jobless youth and college grads so the government tries hard to prevent foreigners from taking what jobs there are. - Mar 2017


Embassy EFM employment. The post needs Speech and Language Therapists! - Jul 2016


Nope. You'll need to work for the Embassy. - Mar 2016


Some - Nov 2015


There are a few jobs at the UN, schools and NGO's. - May 2015


Not really, unless you are in the aid/development field. Arabic would be essential. - Mar 2015


Yes. Please check with the Global Employment Advisor (GEA/GEI) and the Local Expatriate Spouse Association (LESA). The U.S. has a de facto work agreement with Jordan, so each position is determined individually. Many members run home-based businesses, after COM approval. - Jul 2014


It is varied. There are opportunities but they don't all pay well so it really depends on your expectations. But I do know a lot of people who work in AID/NGO type work. There are also a lot of teaching jobs, etc. - Mar 2014


Most who want to work do so at the Embassy. Local wages are much lower. - Dec 2013


Not really. - Aug 2013


Not really. Pay is very low on the local economy, and most organizations want Arabic fluency. Also, as Americans affiliated with the US Embassy we are prohibited from going to a number of places near the border, refugee camps, etc., which limits jobs that might be available through the UN and NGOs. For US Embassy employee spouses, the best opportunities are through the US Embassy or ACS (if you are a teacher). Many spouses here work, as there is not much else to do if you don't have small kids. - May 2013


No - Mar 2013


There are some job opportunities. - Apr 2012


Not really. - Mar 2012


Yes, English is very much in demand and we have a number of friends who have local jobs. - Mar 2012


Not really as most spouses of embassy employees tend to get jobs at the embassy. - Aug 2011


There are very few that I am aware of. - Aug 2011


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