The monthly income of 63% of households in Israel’s chareidi sector is less than NIS 8,000 (about $2,081), according to figures released by the Seker Kahalacha research institute. One of the reasons is that 54% of men in charedi households do not take part in supporting their families, Ynet reports.
According to the figures, only 46% of charedi men work for a living (83% as hired employees and 17% self-employed), compared to 76% of charedi women (57% as full-time hired workers, 31% part-time and 12% self-employed).
In 42% of the families, the woman is the only breadwinner, in 34% both the husband and the wife work, in 12% both don’t work, and in the remaining 12% only the man works.
As a result, 16% of the families earn up to NIS 4,000 a month, and 47% earn between 4,000 and 8,000 a month – meaning that in two-thirds of charedi households both the man and woman’s income is lower than the average salary for one worker in the Israeli economy.
Twenty-seven percent of charedi households earn NIS 8,000 to 12,000, 9% earn NIS 12,000 to 20,000, and only 1% earn more than NIS 20,000.
The survey’s figures point to direct link between the couple’s participation in the labor market and the family’s level of income, with the men’s influence being higher. Surprisingly, in households with a monthly income of more than NIS 20,000, 40% of the men and 30% of the women don’t work.
The survey was conducted by the Seker Kahalacha research institute led by Dr. Ron Kedem and included 1,000 charedi respondents, men and women, in more than 50 communities – all adult and married. The sample included respondents from the three main charedi factions: Chassidic, Lithuanian and Sephardic. The maximal sampling error was 2.5%.
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