High-tech workers earn more than double low tech workers
Manufacturers Association: The average high-tech salary is NIS 16,427 compared with NIS 7,194 in low technology sectors.
Despite a 3.5% rise in the average real wage in industry in 2006, thanks to the minimum wage hike, the gap between high-tech and low technology salaries continues to widen. At the end of 2006, the average salary in high-tech is 230% of the average salary in low technology: NIS 16,427 to NIS 7,194.
The average gross monthly salary in industry as a whole is NIS 10,647, 38% above the national average wage. This figure is biased upwards because of expansion in high-tech industries and the hiring of employees, compared with the stagnation in hiring by low technology companies.
Manufacturers Association statistics and economic analysis division director Nira Shamir said the minimum wage hikes in April and June, amounting to an aggregate NIS 250, helped boost the average salary in industry by 3.5% in 2006, the highest rise since 2000.
Most of the increase was because higher salaries in high-tech sectors, where salaries are already above the average in industry. In addition, the high-tech workforce increased by 7.5% in 2006, whereas the workforce in low technologies industries was unchanged.
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