Government Declares New Hiring Restrictions to Prevent Nepotism

YERUSHALAYIM -
 Uri Yogev, chairman of the panel that advises the National Economic Council.   (Flash90)

Uri Yogev, chairman of the panel that advises the National Economic Council. (Flash90)

Chairman of the Israel National Economic Council Advisory Committee Uri Yogev has declared a tightening of the regulations pertaining to hiring family members in government-run industries.

Despite government initiatives to reduce nepotism in 2005 and again in 2008, the problem has only worsened.

In the port of Ashdod, 42% of the employees are related to one another. In the Israel Electric Corporation the figure is 24%; at Israel Aerospace, 15%; Postal Service, 14%.

Among the new rules, which will go into effect within 30 days of their publication, hiring of family members will be frozen in state-run companies with over 5% family members on the payroll.