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Israel - Finding Employment
It is much easier to move to Israel and begin searching for work then. Residents of most European countries are able to visit Israel for up to 90 days without needing a visa. Once a job has been secured a work permit must be applied for. If there is a firm offer of employment and there is a valid reason why the position cannot be given to an Israeli worker, then obtaining the work permit should be relatively straightforward.
There are some industries – like the medical profession – which require skilled staff. Teaching is also a popular profession with foreign workers as there is a need for qualified professionals, particularly language teachers. There is also regular recruiting taking place for professionals in the construction industry.
Around 12% of the workforce in Israel is from abroad. There is a general federation of labour in Israel which is open to all workers although membership is not compulsory. Members pay a fee of between 3 and 6% of salaries and this covers health insurance, social service and trade union activities. They are active in union organizations, social services, educational services and business development.
There is a minimum monthly wage and workers can claim benefits from the social security system if they have been making contributions. The minimum wage works out at 47.5% of the average wage and there is an excellent healthcare system in place which is available to all workers. Working conditions are generally very good although it has been noted that enforcement of employment law is a little lax when it comes to foreign workers.
The national languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic, with English as the most commonly used foreign language. It is important that workers are able to converse in at least one of these, particularly in professions such as nursing where there is a lot of contact with the public.
Your contract of employment will give you all the details you need on your working conditions, pay, holiday entitlement and any other benefits that may be applicable. It is essential to read it carefully to ensure you are aware of your conditions of employment.
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