In response to Israel’s severe construction sector manpower shortage following the October 7 conflict with Hamas, approximately 10,000 workers from India are set to commence their journey to Israel in successive waves starting next week, as per industry sources. The Israel Builders Association (IBA) disclosed that these workers will arrive in batches of 700 to 1,000 per week.
The aftermath of the latest conflict, together with the expulsion of many foreign workers and a ban on the entry of Palestinian laborers, has severely crippled Israel’s construction sector. Owing to a severe staffing shortage, ongoing projects risk halting and being delayed.
Recognizing the gravity of the circumstance, the Israeli government has expanded the outside workforce standard for the development industry from 30,000 to 50,000. Final month, the government authorized the affirmation of 10,000 Indian laborers in an endeavor to lighten the industry’s emergency.
The Israeli business publication, The Calcalist, reported in Hebrew last week on the expanded quota and the approval for Indian worker influx. As the construction sector awaits this influx of skilled labor, it anticipates progress towards alleviating the current challenges and reviving stalled projects.
The arrival of Indian workers signifies a crucial step towards stabilizing Israel’s construction industry and addressing the pressing manpower shortfall.
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