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Dr. Lev Grinberg has been a senior lecturer for 17 years and nets NIS 9,500 a month, a sum so low that he's ashamed to discuss it. He doesn't deny that academics receive several extra payments on top of their base salary. But Grinberg, who heads the Sociology Department at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, points out that these extras are not fixed in nature, and aren't factored into social benefits or pension provisions. Therefore, their true economic value is limited.

The bottom line, says Grinberg, is this: "I, a senior lecturer employed at the university for 17 years, net NIS 9,500 a month, including the 20% bonus as department chief. It's a sum that I'm ashamed to discuss with my wife.

"To say that we work six to eight hours a week is like claiming that a basketball player works 40 minutes a week," Grinberg said.

A lecturer's job does not begin and end with walking into and out of the classroom, he says. They have an enormous amount of preparatory work, and then there are the so-called "administrative" tasks such as advising students, research, and writing and publishing articles, on which their promotion - and bread and butter - depend. (