CBS Report: 10% of Salaried Employees in Israel Work in High-Tech
Slightly more than a tenth (10.2%) of salaried employees in Israel work in high-tech, according to a new report published by the Central Bureau of Statistics. This marks the highest percentage of high-tech employment in Europe and one of the highest in the world, the financial website talniri.co.il reports.
Between 1995 and 2009 the number of employees working in Israel's high-tech sector grew by 115%, compared to an increase of 40% in other fields.
The CBS data indicates that one-third of Israeli high-tech employees are women and nearly all of them are Jewish. Fifty-eight percent of high-tech employees live in central Israel and 17% live in Jerusalem and in the south of the country, compared to 1995, when 48% of high-tech employees worked in the center.
High-tech employees work an average of 43.8 hours per week, some 5.5 hours more than the average work week in other sectors, and male high-tech employees work an average of five hours more per week than their female counterparts.
In 2007, according to the report, Israeli households in which at least one member was employed in high-tech had a net monthly income of over NIS 16,000 – 38% higher than the national average household salary – allowing "high-tech households" to spend some 20% more each month than average households.
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