Jobs available - but at low wages
85% of all available jobs offer less than the average salary.
85% of available private sector jobs offer less than the average national salary, according to a survey by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. Only 4% of available jobs offer a gross monthly salary higher than NIS 10,000, and there are virtually no available jobs offering a salary of over NIS 15,000.
70% of available jobs offer a monthly salary of less than NIS 5,500, and half of available jobs offer less than NIS 4,500. The average salary of 32% is NIS 4,000, barely above the minimum wage of NIS 3,850 a month.
Ministry of Industry Research and Economics Administration director Benny Pfefferman told "Globes", "The salary distribution in Israel is sharply distorted downwards compared with other economies, and too many people receive low salaries. Employers' power is much stronger than the power of the workers, and in wage negotiations, if there are any at all, the workers are prepared to capitulate because of the fierce competition."
The survey found that 6.1 unemployed person compete for every available job, and the competition is higher when employed people also compete for available jobs.
The survey found that it is especially hard to find jobs offering salaries at around the average national salary. Only 2.5% of available jobs offer a gross monthly salary of NIS 6,500-7,000 a month, and just 1% of available jobs offer a salary of NIS 7,500-8,000. There are no available jobs offering a salary of NIS 8,500-9,000, and the proportion only rises with jobs offering more than NIS 10,000.
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