A Third of Israeli Employees Make Less Than the Minimum Wage, Report Says
It should be noted that Israel's national social security agency, which published the report Tuesday, has no data on whether people work part or full time
Shahar Ilan | 15:50 12.11.2019
A third of Israeli employees, 34%, made less than the minimum monthly wage in 2017, according to an annual report published Tuesday by Bituah Leumi, Israel's national social security agency. That is a 3% increase from 2016, though it could be attributed to the increase in the minimum wage from one year to the next. Ten percent of employees earned more than double the average wage, which was NIS 9,543 (approximately $2,720) in 2017. It should be noted that Bituah Leumi has no data on whether people work part-time or full time, meaning low wages could also be attributed to part-time jobs. For example, many ultra-Orthodox Jewish women work part-time jobs. While this is a correlation but not necessarily causation, Israeli cities with a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews tend to have a larger population of under-earners. In Jerusalem, 46% of employees earned less than the monthly minimum wage. In Bnei Brak, that was true for 52% of employees, while in West Bank settlements Beitar Illit and Modi'in Illit the number was 60% and 61%, respectively.