Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Haredim, Employment and the Future

There's a lot of misinformation about the Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) sector in Israel. My colleagues at Myers-JDC-Brookdale have done some fascinating research on the sector and its impact in Israeli society.

There are about 830,000 Haredim in Israel, representing 11% of the total population.

 The percentage of Haredim in the overall population will increase to 18% by 2030.
 The percentage of Haredim in the working-age population (25-64) will increase from 7% to 12% by 2030.

Here's what surprises many people: employment rates among Haredi men and women have been increasing steadily over the past decade. 
 For men, rates have increased from 36% in 2003 to 46% in 2011, but remain far below the rates for all
Jewish men (78%).
 For women, rates have increased from 50% in 2003 to 61% in 2011, and are approaching the rates of all
Jewish women (66%).

Several studies have examined the experiences of Haredim on the job. They find that:

 There is low turnover.
 Job satisfaction is higher than that of the general population.
 The vast majority feel that they receive equal treatment from their employers.
 Very few men believe that their community status has been negatively affected by the fact that they work.
 Studies of employers show that they consider Haredi workers to be equal to and often even better than, non-Haredi workers in terms of performance and productivity.

If you want more information and sources on these findings, message me, or contact my colleagues at Myers-JDC-Brookdale. If you want to receive this blog on a regular basis by email (about twice a week, depending on what else I'm up to), sign up in the top-right box where it says "follow" ...

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