Palestinians working for Israelis
are paid double those working for Palestinians
in the West Bank and triple those in the Gaza Strip
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
A survey conducted by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) during October-December 2014, and funded by the European Union, shows that Palestinians who work in Israel or Israeli settlements are paid more than double the wage of Palestinians working in the PA-governed areas of the West Bank. In Israel and Israeli settlements, the average daily wage for Palestinians was 194.2 shekels during the period surveyed, while Palestinians working in the PA in the West Bank only earned 91.4 shekels daily. The average wage for Palestinians working for Israelis was triple that of those employed in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, who made only 66.1 shekels daily.
The results of this survey match the findings reported by Palestinian Media Watch last September, when the official PA daily lauded Israeli employers for their positive employment ethics towards their Palestinian employees.
Among the paper's findings then:
"Whenever Palestinian workers have the opportunity to work for Israeli employers, they are quick to quit their jobs with their Palestinian employers - for reasons having to do with salaries and other rights."
"The [Israeli] work conditions are very good, and include transportation, medical insurance and pensions. These things do not exist with Palestinian employers."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 21, 2014]
The recent PCBS survey stated that the number of Palestinians employed by Israelis was around 105,200 people at the end of 2014, 20,200 of whom were employed in settlements. Around a fourth of the Palestinian work force was unemployed (26.5%). The survey also examined other labor force issues and can be viewed here.