Ben-Gurion University campus in Beersheba 370.
(photo credit: BGU)
Nonprofit organizations working for social justice do not show more fair
treatment to employees than their for–profit colleagues, according to study
released this week by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
the study, conducted by Dr. Hagai Katz and Hila Yogev-Keren of the faculty of
business and management at BGU, it appears that the labor market in the third
sector is characterized by low wages, part-time and temporary employment as well
as inequalities, similar to the business and government sectors in
Katz and Yogev-Keren analyzed Central Bureau of Statistics and
Income Tax data on third-sector employees and wages between the years 2000- 2009
and found that the third-sector workforce is relatively young and well educated,
and it is dominated by women and Jewish employees.
In addition, most
employment in this field is concentrated in the central region – around Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem – and not in the periphery.
The BGU data also revealed that
the sector is dominated by part–time and temporary positions, failing to offer
job security: under 40 percent of the employees work more than two years in
their organization, and there is a decrease of 20% in employment during the
months of summer and the High Holy Days.
It was also found that on
average, individual incomes from jobs in the third sector account for only 62%
of the person’s total income from work that year.
This means that
existing wages and jobs in third sector organizations require employees to
supplement their income from outside sources, the report stated.
average monthly salary per job in NGOs was NIS 4,230, significantly lower than
the national average in 2009. Consistent wage gaps show depending on field of
activity, gender, occupation, nationality, age, and location (center or
The researchers also found that nonprofit CEOs earn an
average salary of NIS 17,047.