Israeli software engineering jobs are notoriously hard to come by, and a new survey shows that nearly a third of Israeli engineers said they had to quit their job to take a break from the job market.
The survey, conducted by the Jerusalem Post, found that nearly 40 percent of the engineering workforce had to give up their jobs to pursue a break, including a quarter who had to go back to school to complete their degrees.
“For most of them, their salaries and benefits had declined in the last five years, and they couldn’t afford to live anywhere else,” said Zohar Shai, a member of the technology committee of the Israeli parliament, in a statement.
“It was impossible for them to stay in Israel and work for a startup anymore.”
While the Israeli government has not commented on the survey, Shai said the government needs to do more to improve the job opportunities for the country’s young engineers.
Shai is a former member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.
The government’s plan to boost the Israeli economy, including increasing tax incentives and hiring more young engineers, has been praised by many tech companies and tech-industry leaders, but the Israeli tech community is not optimistic about the prospects for the new government to improve its hiring practices.
“We think the [Israeli] government should put a focus on training people, especially engineers, to get them to work in the country,” said Ariel Shvartz, the head of the Israel Tech Center, a startup accelerator.
Shvartz noted that many of the jobs listed on the company’s website are technical jobs that are not directly related to software development, including web development and web programming.
“The government needs a lot of time to think about how to improve our hiring and retention practices.
That will require much more attention from the government than we have been seeing,” Shvarts said.
Shvets has been a member since 2012 of the government’s IT council, and the Israeli-based tech company said in a report last year that its Israeli employees have experienced a surge in employment since 2014.
However, he said that while the government should focus on recruiting and retaining more talented people, it should also increase the salary of new hires.
“In a way, it is a bit ironic that a government that has created more opportunities for young Israelis to work for startups is now going to have to take action to attract talented, well-paid, and motivated employees to the country, and that will require the government to invest in education, training, and training facilities,” Shvetz said.
“What is not so funny is that a lot is being taken away from young Israelis in the government.”
Shvettz said the Israeli business community should start by helping the government recruit and retain top talent.
“You have to create a pool of qualified and skilled people to fill jobs that were not created for them,” he said.
The Israeli government’s response to the problem is unclear, however.
“This is a problem that is being exacerbated by the government,” said Shvetts.
“They should make it easier to recruit and hold job openings.
They should also improve training, to make sure they are recruiting the right people.
The only solution to this problem is to change the way the government is doing business, which is a lot more difficult.”