The More You Care – The Less We Pay
The Social Services are striking today in order to obtain higher salaries from the Government.
In general, the ‘caring’ services are much lower paying than careers in high tech, finance, business, etc.
Social workers, nurses, teachers, even rabbis, are paid at salaries which frankly, are inadequate and insulting.
According to reports, social workers take-home pay in
is typically between 4,500 to 6,500 NIS/month. Whereas a software engineer, with similar academic and career credentials, will take home 15-25,000 NIS/month. Israel
Social workers pay in
was fixed in an agreement which is apparently now 17 years old. Israel
It is shameful that many of the ‘impoverished’ families who are cared for by social workers, make higher salaries than their social workers! The poor leading the poor…
In addition, state-employed social workers work under almost impossible working conditions, typically tasked with assisting 250 to 300 families each social worker. Many of these families are in chronic or acute states of crisis. Dropping a ball can literally cost lives. And the social workers carry that responsibility.
I am therefore strongly in favour of the carers, such as social workers, receiving salaries which are commensurate with the value of the services they provide, the responsibility they shoulder, and the level of qualification & experience they bring.
Poverty wages are shameful.
P.S – I mentioned 'rabbis'. I have recently become aware of the ‘salaries’ of some community rabbis. It can actually cost the rabbi more to perform his duties, in out-of-pocket expenses, than the “salary” (more accurately ‘stipend’ or honorarium) paid out by their community. Furthermore, having the status of a community rabbi, it is particularly awkward to ask for and to obtain help, or pursue supplementary gainful employment (how would you feel seeing your rabbi working at the supermarket check-out?).
If you sit on a shul committee – please favourably review the salary paid to your rav.