I am currently writing from my workspace at home. Like many, I also work from home these days, but it turns out that quite a few keep coming to work.

In a survey conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) among businesses (including five jobs or more, in selected economic sectors) at the end of March, it was found that in industries examined (traditional industry, high-tech, finance and insurance, retail, construction, and business services), approximately 26% Employees can work from home, and about 21% are currently doing so. In construction and commerce, the percentage is obviously lower, at 5.8% and 4.6%, respectively. In the high-tech and financial services sectors, most workers (58% and 50% respectively) can Work from home, and the majority (49% and 41% respectively) do so.

As of the end of March, about 40% of employees in these industries continued to go to their workplace. The percentage of those who come to work in the manufacturing industry is relatively high (52%), while in high-tech, where the majority can work from home, the percentage is low (31%).

Data from the Israeli Employment Service currently show 297,000 job seekers, compared to 6,100 job vacancies, or about 49 job seekers per each job on average. These figures are consistent with data from the CBS Survey, which shows that in the industries surveyed, about 24% of employees, or about 302,000, went on a non-paid leave following the Corona epidemic. The CBS survey shows that the highest percentage of employees on a non-paid leave is In the field of commerce, where 43% of workers had to go on leave due to the crisis. Here, too, the Israeli Employment Service figures are in line with the CBS data, and show that there are 76 job seekers per available job in commerce in Israel.

When examining employment service data by region, employment status in the north appears to be the most difficult, with 85,500 job seekers in this area and only 700 vacancies, ie 122 people per job. In Jerusalem, the ratio currently stands at 28 job seekers per job.