Continues to climb to the top: this is the average salary in public bodies

The person in charge of wages at the Ministry of Finance, Kobi Bar Natan, published today (Tuesday) the wage report in the public bodies, according to which in 2019 the average wage in the budgeted and supported bodies was NIS 16,365. According to the report, in the last decade, the average real wage in public bodies has increased by about 14%.

The report states that in government companies, the average full-time salary is NIS 23,930. Wages for workers aged 25-42 are about 74% higher than wages in the private sector and about 90% of workers in government companies are employed full-time or more. In the last decade, there has been a decrease of about 4,500 employees in government companies, among other things, following reforms and retirement plans in the Israel Electric Corporation, IAI, Israel Post and IMI.

In the local government, the average salary is NIS 11,073, while the highest average salary for rating workers in the local government was paid to the rating staff of the veterinarians who earned about NIS 31,000. In addition, according to the report, employees of local authorities constitute about 40% of all employees of public bodies and about 25% of all employees of the public sector.

In the health care system and health corporations, average wages have risen in real terms by 24% in the last decade. This is the sector where wages rose at the highest rate of all public bodies, the average wage of a public health worker is about 24,400 shekels full time, in the last decade there has been a 29% increase in the number of workers in public bodies in the health system, along with a 19% increase in population . It was also reported that the salaries of doctors in the public bodies in the health system have risen by about 45% nominally and by about 37% in real terms in the last decade. The average salary of a doctor is currently NIS 39,930 per month full-time.

The health care system (Photo: MDA)

In the public bodies in the higher education system, the average salary is about NIS 17,309, and senior academic staff make up about 23% of the total number of jobs in the higher education system. The salary of these workers is about NIS 30,555. Universities spend about NIS 145 million a year to cover travel expenses for conferences abroad, about a third of the money is accumulated for redemption in favor of a retirement package. Most universities give “absorption baskets” in order to recruit new faculty members. The average height of an absorption basket is about NIS 240,000 and even Can reach up to NIS 330,000 in some universities.The baskets are given evenly regardless of the recruitment difficulties in the system.

In corporations, the average salary is about NIS 19,400, and has risen at a real rate of about 15% in the last decade. The average gross wage for full-time employees in welfare and economic corporations has increased in the last decade at a real rate of about 17%. However, the rate of increase is only about 10% less employees of the Airports Authority, whose real wages have risen by about 26% in the last decade. 26% of employees in corporations earned in 2019 an average wage lower than the average wage in the economy. Their average salary was NIS 7,076 full-time, a decrease of 2% compared to the previous year.

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