Entrance of foreign chains to Israeli market leads to spike in demand for workers, particularly ahead of Passover. Atid manpower company reports of 14% rise in demand for salespeople in fashion stores, 15% rise in demand for food chain employees
Foreign clothing chains that entered the Israeli market ahead ofPassover brought with them more employment opportunities in the field of fashion. A 17.5% rise was noted in demand for general employees at fashion chains, and a 14% rise was noted in demand for salespeople.
According to the numbers, a 15% rise in job openings in the food business was also noted, apparently in order to accommodate the increase in consumers during the period before the holiday.
A similar trend was also noted in temporary jobs, with a 15% increase in recruitment. Demand for extra employees during the holiday period also rose by some 20%.
The highest increase in demand for employees during the holiday period was in the field of cashiers at 22%, followed by packagers, 15.7% and ushers, 13.8%.
According to Atid CEO Moshe Weitzman, “The increase in employee recruitment ahead of the Passover holiday is a familiar trend, but this year, we are witnessing a clearer and more significant positive trend compared to last year. This will have a long-term effect since with time, these companies will have to man more posts and recruit workers continuously.”Weitzman explained to Ynet that this is due to the fact that a significant portion of temporary jobs turn into permanent ones. “These data point to a trend of economic recovery compared to last year’s recession. I am hopeful that this trend of recovery in the market will continue.
The first images from the upcoming episode of The Simpsons, in which the animated family visits Israel, were released this week after six months of buzz over the special show to be aired in the United States on March 28.
The episode, titled “The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed,” includes scenes of Homer and Bart at the Western Wall with their Israeli tour guide, who will be voiced by British comedian Sascha Baron Cohen, of Borat and Bruno fame.
In the episode, Homer gets “Jerusalem Syndrome” and believes that he is the Messiah. Also, the tour guide bickers and exchanges political barbs with Marge.
“This is an episode that people from all three religions will be equally offended by,” said Simpsons producer Al Jean.
The show has featured many Jewish jokes and characters during its 21 seasons on air, most prominently Krusty the Clown (whose Jewish name is Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski).