71% of chareidim with an academic degree are working as opposed to only 34% among chareidim without a degree, the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel cites in its “State of the Nation – Social, Economy & Policy 2013” report.
The gap is also seen regarding the salary earned by chareidim in the workplace with the average chareidi worker with a degree earning 13,565 NIS monthly as compared to 7,580 NIS for workers without an academic degree.
The report adds that in 80% of chareidi couples, both the husband and wife do not have an academic degree. In only 5% of chareidi households both the husband and wife hold academic degrees. In addition, about half of the chareidi men only completed an elementary school education or less, citing that a decade ago, this could be said about 30% of the regular Israeli population.
Among chareidi males 75-years-old and above, only 56% studied in a yeshiva gedola, while among chareidi men aged 25-34, that figure stands at 90%.
The Taub report concludes that in the chareidi community, the young generation is less educated [in secular subjects] while the trend in the international community is just the opposite. Hence, younger chareidim have less of an ability to enter the workplace.
Half of the working chareidi women have an academic degree as opposed to 22% in 1980. Salaries for chareidi women with academic degrees were significantly higher too, from 2,582 NIS to 8,844 NIS in 2011.
Dire Situation for Many Israelis
The report addresses other segments of society and highlights some most distressing realities. The report states 20% of Israelis forgo food because of economic issues, and 13% do not use electric appliances or the phone because they do not have the funds.
When looking at the segment of the population requiring medical care, as many as 40% do not go for dental services because they cannot afford to pay for it. 15% of Israelis do not fill their prescriptions due to a lack of funds.
The Central Bureau of Statistics reported in the beginning of November 2013 that the average monthly salary is 6,541 NIS.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)