6,000 Chinese workers sought for Israel

(By Global Construction Review)

Updated: 2017-06-21 07:56:32

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Two companies in eastern China's Shandong Province will recruit 6,000 construction workers to work in Israel, said local officials said this week.

The companies are seeking steel fixers, carpenters, tilers and plasterers for construction projects in Israel, state news agency Xinhua reports.

The recruitment drive comes after Israel welcomed Chinese construction companies, and workers, to help solve its twin problem of a chronic manpower shortage and a lack of housing.

The minimum monthly wage for the workers will be $1,468, plus overtime pay and holidays, according to officials.

Other benefits, such as housing and medical insurance, will also be provided to the workers, who should be healthy men between 25 and 45 in age.

China Shandong International Economic and Technical Cooperation Group Ltd. and Weihai International Economic and Technical Cooperative Co. Ltd. will arrange the recruitment and their trips to Israel.

Shandong sends more people to work overseas than any other province in China. Last year, it sent 69,000 people to work overseas.

Israel has also invited big Chinese companies to come and build homes.

In November 2016 the government gave the green light for five Chinese construction giants to spend the next five years building homes on Israeli soil. One Portuguese company was also invited.