The number of haredim employed in Jerusalem industry has quintupled since 2000, growing 40 percent over the past two years, the Manufacturers Association of Israel said Wednesday.
The city's 2,200-strong haredi industrial work force - primarily hi-tech programmers - is concentrated in 300 businesses, or 55% of Jerusalem's factories, the association noted. Haredim constitute between 10% and 50% of the work force in 240 Jerusalem factories.
Businesses employing haredim often accommodate religious observance by providing kosher meals and designating a space for prayers.
About 20,000 haredim are employed by manufacturers throughout Israel, of which 11,000 are women, the association said.
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