Statistics in Jordan

Followers on my twitter account will realize that this is not the first time that I broach this topic. I am by force of nature, a data-scientist. I delve into statistics by forces that are beyond my control.

The answer to many questions we work on, on a daily basis are solved by simple data analysis. So whenever I have an issue in life, I will look into the available data to try and resolve it.

I manage a small unit in my line of work, around 30 people and 4-6 managers depending on the year. I was having a discussion with a colleague that said that my firm has regressed in promoting females to leadership positions recently. He said it is becoming a trend in Jordan. Mere weeks later, my company announced the result of its restructure and 3 out of 5 VP positions are now held by females.

I am comforted by the progressiveness of the statement and I am further glad to note that Jordan insists on quotas (hidden or announced) to maintain the progressive trend towards gender equality. I look to data to consolidate my position and therefore I had to look at the Jordanian Department of Statistics 

I looked up the data of female managers and I was immediately dismayed.

 

 

Male to Female comparison of manager positions in Jordan according to Department of Statistics

It looked like the private sector has removed 750 female managers in a year, out of a total of 1,800. A disaster, surely. What is worse is that International Organisations have removed all female managers while growing male managers by 30%.

If this data is correct, then there is a disaster looming, if the data is wrong, then what is our government using?

To further prove my point, I wanted to look at something else: income erosion. Were Jordanians getting paid less in 2018 than 2017 and if so, by how much

 

Number of Jordanians eranign more than 500 Jordanian Dnars
Number of Jordanians earning more than 500 Jordanian Dinars 2017-2018

It seemed the government and private sector both fired the higher earners. This is ridiculous! Surely, if I looked into the data, I would find the missing link. So I decided to look into the new hires in 2018 for answers

Today I went here and I chose second half of 2018.

Department of statistics in Jordan did not have Job Creation data of second half of 2018 by October 2019
Department of statistics in Jordan did not have Job Creation data of second half of 2018 by October 2019

By now, I don’t think that it comes as a surprise that I got nothing

In addition to the website not being secure! The website had no Job Creation data for the second half of 2018 by October 2019
In addition to the website not being secure! The website had no Job Creation data for the second half of 2018 by October 2019

No wonder the government is unable to take decisions, it doesn’t have the most elementary tools. I have sent an email to the Department of Statistics and I will tag the minister of planning and International Cooperation with this post. However, I know for a fact that this is part of the government failure to track even the most basic elements of data

Peace, Out!

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