Women are absent from work less than men. The phenomenon is unique to Israel. The opposite occurs in the rest of the Western world. This is according to a survey conducted by business data firm HSP Hashavim of the Hilan Tech and Trendline group.

HPS Hashavim CEO Abie Meir said that the current trend in terms of work absence among women in Israel began in 2002, when the country began to experience a recession.

"Women were more concerned than men about losing their jobs in light of the economic slowdown of companies, and, as a natural response, they began to be more meticulous about absences" Meir said.

Men, on the other hand, experienced greater job security despite the recession, and there was "no change in their behavior patterns," Meir said.

The survey indicates that the main difference between men and women is in vacation absences (holiday, travel and the like): Women are substantially less likely to take vacation from work than men.

On the other hand, women are absent slightly more often than men for health reasons, either because of their own health or that of their families. This is similar to trends worldwide.