Afternoon Tea in Jerusalem Blog

In addition to my work as a business coach, one of my interests is blogging about life in Israel. This is a country full of contrasts – over eight million citizens living in an area the size of Wales. You can see snow and the lowest place on the globe in the same day. Although surrounded by geopolitical extremes, Israel has achieved a decade of high economic growth. My work brings me in contact with an array of new companies, exciting technologies and dynamic characters. Sitting back with a relaxing cup of strong tea (with milk), you realise just how much there is to appreciate in the Holyland. Large or small operations, private sector or non profit, my clients provide experiences from which others can learn and benefit.

Over the past year or so, I have written several pieces on the two-dimensional aspect to Israel’s economy. If you are among the top guys, the landowners or techies, then you are probably not complaining. Otherwise, you are probably so busy trying to make ends meet that you do not have the time to complain.

This subject come up recently in an interview with “From The Media”.

The journalist, Maya Margit, noted that “The average monthly salary in Israel across all sectors for the month of February 2021 was NIS 12,146, or $3,735, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics released last week. By contrast, the average monthly salary over the same period for those working in tech was NIS 28,837, or $8,869.”

Margit went on to quote me.

Israel has one of the biggest extremes between the haves and have-nots on a global basis. The ways these moneys are going around at the moment, it’s only exaggerating that extreme and that to me is a worry for the future makeup of society.

The full interview, including a comment from Prof. Benjamin Bental of the Jerusalem-based Taub Center, can be found here.

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