ISRAEL - Short of IT Workers, Israel Welcomes Foreigners

Arno Froese

When Alexey Chalimov founded software design firm Eastern Peak in Israel four years ago he knew he would not find the developers he needed at home.

He went to Ukraine and hired 120 people to develop mobile apps and web platforms for international clients and smaller Israeli startups.

“I worked for years in the Israeli market and I knew what the costs were in Israel and I knew there was a shortage of workers,” he told Reuters.

Driven by startups, Israel’s technology industry is the fastest growing part of the economy. It accounts for 14 percent of economic output and 50 percent of exports.

The shortage is particularly painful for Israel’s 5,000 startups which compete for talent with development centers of technology giants such as Google, Intel, Microsoft and Apple. They offer big incentives that a startup cannot afford.

Israel will lose its edge if the shortage isn’t tackled, said Noa Acker, head of policy at the societal challenges division at the Innovation Authority.

“Salaries will be very high and the industry will shrink to only very high level R&D while much of the work will be exported,” she said.

-www.reuters.com, 26 June 2017

Arno's commentary

There seems no end in sight for Israel’s continued success when it comes to high-tech—in this case, information technology. However, one of the potential problems has apparently not been tackled well, and that is teaching more Israelis in the field of computer science, math and statistics. Thus, foreigners have to be imported.

This reminds us of Isaiah 60:10: “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.” While this speaks of literal walls, one must keep in mind that IT security has become the best wall-builder. It keeps the unwanted out and exposes those who attempt to do harm to a nation’s citizens. The next verse reads: “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.”

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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