In light of the existing shortage of Israeli engineers and software developers, which is only expected to worsen over the next decade, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is proposing a plan to increase the number of foreign hi-tech workers who have the skills to meet the country’s requirements. The Israeli government is expected to approve Netanyahu’s plan today.
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In an attempt to preserve Israel’s status as one of the leading hi-tech industries in the world, Netanyahu is proposing a plan to increase the number of foreign engineers and software developers in Israel. Among the topics that the Israeli government is expected to discuss today (Sunday) is Netanyahu’s plan, which could cost up to 900 million NIS over a period of six years.
The existing shortage of engineers and software developers is a major problem for Israel’s hi-tech community. According to a report that was released by the Israel Innovation Authority in June, the country’s hi-tech industry will need an additional 10,000 engineers and software developers over the next decade. This is the reason Netanyahu is proposing to increase the number of foreign employees who have the skills that meet the country’s hi-tech requirements by 5,000.
Among the other initiatives proposed in Netanyahu’s plan is encouraging young Jewish people from abroad who have the potential to integrate into the county’s hi-tech community to immigrate to Israel.