In a sign of growing volatility in the job market, a National Insurance Institute study released this week shows that fewer than half of all salaried employees worked continuously at the same workplace from 2005 through 2010.
Just 45.3% of all employees stayed with a single employer during the six-year period, the NII found. The others were either dismissed from their jobs or left voluntarily.
"The rate at which salaried employees stay at one place of employment or even two is on the decline because of changes in working conditions and growing job insecurity in Israel," said economist Miri Endwald, one of the authors of the study.
Endwald said the prevalence of collective labor agreements, which tend to protect workers to some extent from being laid off, is on the decline. Such agreements are largely being replaced by personal contracts, outsourcing and other forms of more tenuous employment, she said.
The movement from job to job could also be attributed to increased competition in fields such as high-tech and the cellular industry, she said.
Men have had more stable work histories than women, as well as a lower unemployment rate, the study found. Just over 50% of men stayed in one job continuously from 2005 through 2010, while for women the figure was 40.2%.
The findings for men and women who had two jobs during the six-year period was almost identical, however - 7.8% for men and 7.6% for women.
The study's findings are based on Income Tax Authority data, which includes information about the employment and salaries of all salaried workers in the country. This is the first study of its kind that was based on criteria used by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The last similar study by the NII looked at the years 1983 to 1995. Since that survey dealt with a much longer period of time, the findings from the two studies are not comparable.
Nonetheless, the earlier study also reflected less movement from job to job by men than by women, with 34% of men staying in the same job for the 12-year period, compared with only 19% of women.
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