New workers suffer on pay scale

According to the published report, approximately 65% of first-time employees are paid between NIS 3,501-NIS 4,000 a month.

December 11, 2007 08:56
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First time employees are paid a starting salary that is some 45 percent lower than colleagues who have already held a job, the research and economic division in the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry said on Monday. Starting salaries of first time employees stand at NIS 4,597 a month, on average, while those who are beginning a second or third job are paid NIS 8,333, the ministry said. And the situation is not likely to change. "The possibility of increasing the salary of first time employees beyond current levels is unlikely for two reasons: the first is that there are many workers in this country - Arabs and foreign workers, who are willing to work for less, and the second is that there are fewer and fewer available jobs for people without experience," said Benny Fefferman, director of the research and economics department in the ministry. "Statistics have proven that businesses are looking for employees with more experience, and those with prior experience are compensated accordingly." Fefferman based his conclusions on research conducted among 2,400 employees in the country's work force. Average salaries are based on numbers from 2005. According to the report, approximately 65% of first-time employees are paid between NIS 3,501-NIS 4,000 a month, while only 8.3% of experienced workers are paid a salary that low.

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