Data Shows Israeli Arabs Work Longer Hours,Yet Earn Less Than Jews

January 20, 2011 12:10 AM IMEMC Agencies Human rights, Israel, News Report 0
20 Jan
12:10 AM

According to 2008 data, the average gross salary per household was much lower for Arabs – NIS 8,818, compared to NIS 14,242 for Jews.Data from 2008 that was recently released by the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry and the Central Bureau of Statistics, shows that Israeli Arab men earn less than their Jewish counterparts for doing the same work as Israeli men.

Arab women have substantially lower employment rates. Only 22% of Israeli Arab women were employed that year, while 66.6% of Jewish women were working that year.

The employment figures for Arab and Jewish men that year were almost identical: 67% for Arab men and 68.8% for their Jewish counterparts.

The unemployment rate for Arab women, 11.3%, was substantially higher than the 7.4% rate for Arab men. And both were higher than the comparable rates for Jews: 6.2% for women and 5.4% for men.

In 2007, salaried Arab employees earned an average gross monthly wage of NIS 5,410, substantially less than the NIS 7,885 earned by Jewish employees.

The average gross salary per household was also much lower for Arabs – NIS 8,818, compared to NIS 14,242 for Jewish households.

The more education a worker has, the greater the discrepancy between average monthly income among Jews and Arabs grows.

In 2007, salaried Arab employees with at least 16 years of education earned NIS 7,729 a month on average, compared to NIS 11,176 for Jews.

Yet the data shows that Arab men worked longer hours, 55.6 per week, compared to 51.8 for Jews.

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