Civil service employees categorized as receiving the public get an annual allowance to buy suitable clothing. The sum they receive every July is based on a group of items that includes shoes, skirts, a vest, a polyester raincoat, slacks for summer and winter and two long-sleeved shirts. For lower-level employees the sum amounts to 1,488 shekels and for the higher echelons, 2,076 shekels. The additional money enables the higher-ranking workers to purchase a suit, two ties and a short-sleeved shirt. Director generals of government ministries receive about 4,200 shekels.
Due to pension agreements the government signed with the Histradrut labor federation, even retired civil servants are to continue receiving this clothing allowance, which is a fixed percentage of their pension. A civil servant who receives 70 percent of his or her salary as a pension will also receive 70 percent of the clothing allowance.
Last year 98,464 Israelis received budgetary pensions - paid for by the state - with the clothing allowance averaging 888 shekels for each of them.
The allowance is one of the hidden clauses in the budgetary pension allocation, which in 2013 came to 20 billion shekels. Along with permanent allowances, there are clauses for annual payments amounting to 625 million shekels. These sums increase yearly as part of the growth in the expenses of budgetary pensions.
Retired civil servants also receive a total of 380 million shekels for what is known as recuperation payments - a kind of vacation allowance, which is paid every June. The average payment for this clause in 2012 was 3,866 shekels.