Ahead of International Women's Day, Israel sees decline in number of women in hi-tech

A bleak picture of Israel's hi-tech industry: In 2016, Israel saw a plunge of no less than 10% in the number of women working in hi-tech and while the salaries of the women still working in the field dropped by 3%, men’s salaries increased by 14%.
Less women in Israeli hi-tech (Illustration) Photo Credit: 123RF/Channel 2 News

The dream to make a successful exit from hi-tech has long since replaced the hopes of becoming doctors or lawyers but it seems that for women, that dream is only getting farther and farther away from becoming a reality. Statistics from the company Jobinfo indicate that in the last year, fewer women were employed by hi-tech companies in Israel than in previous years. At the same time, their wages have dropped while men’s wages have increased.

The data published in honor of International Women’s Day shows that in 2016, there was a noticeable decline of 10% in the number of women employed by hi-tech companies in Israel. That same year, the wages of the women who were working in hi-tech declined by 3% while the wages of male hi-tech employees rose by 14%.

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“We do not get the sense that there is a difference in the wages,” says hi-tech entrepreneur Shelley Hod Moyal. “On the contrary, in every industry worldwide, salaries have been on the rise in light of the numerous investments made in Israeli hi-tech over the past few years.”

That being said, Hod Moyal clarified that “socially, we aren't seeing conscious discrimination against women but subconsciously, there is still work to be done. This should be reflected in the way that we create more jobs for women who want to be mothers and in the way that we construct a work environment that enables women to integrate into key positions in the industry.”



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