ISRAEL - Fifth Worst Country to Work In

Arno Froese

Israel has made it to the top of another statistic, but this time, it isn’t one to be proud of.

Israel is #5 in the list of the worst countries in the world in terms of work conditions and benefits.

The list was compiled by William Russell, an international insurance company. The company provided a detailed analysis of reasoning for rankings based on a large database of data.

The #1 worst country in terms of work conditions, according to the list, is Mexico, with a work and employment score of 0.47 out of 10. This is due to “low wages, annual leave and public holidays, as well as long working hours and systematic violations of workers’ rights in the country.”

After Mexico—i.e. #2 worst country to work in in the world—is the US with a score of 2.37 out of 10 due to the lack of guaranteed maternity leave, paid public holidays and annual leave.

The best countries to work in, in order, are Denmark, Finland and Norway. 

Israel’s Labor Rights Index Score is a 69, in contrast to Finland, for example, which has a score of 93. The Labor Rights Index measures employment regulation affecting employees worldwide., 10 October 2022

Arno's Commentary

Israel has drastically changed from its beginning with the kibbutz movement, where all received the same benefits and equivalent work burdens were distributed. But Israel has the capacity to adapt itself to prevailing international socio-political circumstances.

How accurate this data is, is not known to us. Yet it becomes abundantly clear that workers’ rights have been placed on a low tier by the political and business elite.

According to, a large part of Israel’s labor force is made up of foreign workers. The article states, “These people are willing to work for wages that, though lower than the Israeli norm, allow them to save and send money to their families in the countries of origin.” It continues: “The population of foreign workers in Israel today stands at about 250,000—of them 100,000 legally in the country, and 150,000 illegals. The latter either come as tourists and stay on, or come legally as foreign workers and overstay their permit, or go to work for higher wages to other employers. Foreign workers account for about 13 percent of the labor force.”

We cannot help but point to the prophetic Word, which speaks of the future, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zechariah 8:23).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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