Some 56% of Israel’s chareidi citizens live under the poverty line, and chareidim make up 20% of the country’s poor, the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry has found. Yet they constitute only 10% of the population.
The findings, from a report on chareidi employment, will be presented to the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee last Tuesday.
The average gross monthly income of a secular household is NIS 12,000. But for chareidi households, it is only half that: NIS 6,100.
Men who define themselves as secular earn an average of NIS 8,950 a month, versus NIS 6,100 for their ultra-Orthodox peers. Secular women earn NIS 5,700 on average, while chareidi women earn NIS 3,700.
Plus, 71% of secular people work at least 35 hours a week, while 52% of chareidim do.
Some 48,000 chareidim work in the business sector, a mere 2.3% of that sector’s work force. Most chareidi women (66% ) and men (45% ) work in community jobs, education, health or public service. For secular women and men, the numbers are 42% and 20%, respectively.
On average, chareidim have more years of education than their secular counterparts – 14.2 versus 13.3. But most of that is in Torah institutions, which does not help them in the work force. And while 76% of secular men use computers, only 38% of chareidim do.