The city of Givatayim is operating deep in the red, but it also paid its workers the highest wages in local government in 2005, according to Dun & Bradstreet.

On average the Givatayim city employees gross NIS 154,000 a year (NIS 12,833 a month).

Meanwhile the city's deficit has mushroomed to NIS 4.9 million, D&B reports.

Its survey relates to the year 2005.

D&B found that the second-best paid city workers that year were Tel Aviv's, who grossed NIS 148,000 a year.

In Eilat city workers grossed NIS 145,000 a year, just above Rishon Lezion, which paid NIS 144,000 a year. Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, pays its people NIS 142,000 a year, on average.

The aggregate deficit of Israeli cities dropped 50% in 2005 compared with the year before, to NIS 310 million.

Cities that bounced back from the red to black in 2005 included Jerusalem, Ashdod, Haifa, Dimona, Acre, Beit Shemesh, Kiryat Motzkin, and Kiryat Ata.