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Eran Yaakov, the director of wages and labor agreements at the Finance Ministry, presented the Knesset with a broad overview of the state of public sector payrolls.

The review was published as part of the salary expenditure reports of the civil service and the public bodies for 2016, which also include the data of manpower agency employees.

The highest salary in the public sector went to a specialist from the Hadassah Medical Organization, who earns NIS 229,815 ($66,349.89) a month.The second on the list is another specialist from Hadassah who earns NIS 208,312 ($60,141.76) a month.

They are followed by a senior manager of the Bank of Israel who earns NIS 118,922 ($34,333.97) a month; a router at the port of Ashdod who earns NIS 98,254 ($28,366.91) a month, while his counterpart from the port of Haifa earns NIS 85,500 ($24,684.71) a month, Electric Company CEO Ofer Bloch earns NIS 90,781 ($26,209.38) a month, while another vice president of the company, Rafael Blof, earns NIS 89,957 ($25,971.49) a month. Uzi Dayan, the chairman of the Israel Lotto - earns NIS 63,214 ($18,250.51) a month. At the bottom of the list are teachers and educators, who earn an average of NIS 10,018 ($28,92.30) a month.

According to the data,, the average wage per employee in public service is NIS 15,796 ($4,560.46), and the salary for civil service employees is higher than the average wage per worker in the Israeli economy. It also shows that 50% of the state budget is affected by wage expenditure, including direct salary expenses and pensions, indirect wages and components linked to and affected by wages, such as the health basket and participation in the collection of social security.

According to the report, 60% of people employed in public service in 2016 were women. In government ministries and security bodies, the proportion of females in that year was 63.2%. In all groups of public bodies examined, the average wage for women was lower than that of men. This year's reports were expanded and explained more than in past years..

"The labor market in general and the public sector in particular face many challenges, including preparations for a changing labor market, which will be dramatically affected in the future by the technological and digital changes in the world," said Eran Yaakov, the director of wages and labor agreements at the Finance Ministry. "And to promote meaningful public service, economic growth and social security for workers, among other things, we must examine labor relations in the economy and the public sector, including labor laws in Israel, and continue to use wages as a means of increasing productivity and efficiency of the public sector."