The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics has released a report that indicates a significant increase in the employment rate in the ultra-orthodox sector. The rate of employment among ultra-orthodox men ages 25-64 increased to 56%. This increase is a big step in comparison to the past ten years where the percentage of employment in the Ultra-Orthodox community for males was between 40-50%. 

Ultra-orthodox women also saw a big increase in employment rates which are up to 68%, compared to the last ten years when the number was around 50%.  The rate increased among women in the Arab community as well and in 2013, it was recorded at 33%.  

Of all those who are employed, 37% found it difficult to cover all monthly household expenses.  12% of those employed felt poor in the past year (about 400 thousand people).  56% reported “no fear at all” of losing their job in the coming year, 28% reported “a little concern”, 9% said “big concern,” and 4% said “a very great concern.”   

38% said they were “very satisfied” and 48% said they were “satisfied” with their work.  A relatively high percentage are “very satisfied” with their work were among the lecturers in higher educational institutions, kindergarten teachers, school teachers, administrative secretaries, secretaries, and CEOs. On the other hand, relatively low rates of satisfaction were seen in those who found work as security guards, drivers, caregivers, aides in nursing homes and cleaners.  

56% of those employed were satisfied with their income from work – 10% described themselves as “very satisfied,” 46% as “satisfied,” 28% were “not very satisfied” and 15% “not at all satisfied” with their income from work.  

A representative of the Kulanu party commented on this report by saying, ”The situation is bleak, according to the figures.  According to people who work in Israel, they are not able to live in dignity and make ends meet.  It is an intolerable situation that we cannot accept.  The tragedy of our country is that we are living in a place where our citizens are poor and our wealth benefits are weak.  The rest of population is stymied and our commitment is to give the population hope.”


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