Young people do not want to work as security guards: the cause of chaos at Ben Gurion Airport

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 Young do not want to work as security guards: the cause of chaos at Ben Gurion Airport

The announcement last week by the Airport Authority Workers' Committee that there would be long lines during Passover due to a severe shortage of security and operations personnel did not surprise many in the industry.

It joins Israel Railways' announcement a few weeks ago that they will be forced to reduce activity at several stations on Fridays due to a lack of security guards.

Train passengers have been complaining for some time about difficulty getting into some stations due to long queues, and the same thing seems to be happening at Ben Gurion Airport after the end of the coronavirus crisis due to a lack of staff, especially in security.< br />
It's almost unbelievable that two of the country's most security-threatened locations, Ben Gurion Airport and Israel Railways, can't find enough security personnel. But it turns out that after the epidemic, more and more young Israelis, freshly demobilized from the army, prefer not to follow such a familiar path – to work in the security sector.

In conversations with senior officials of the Airports Authority and Israel Railways, a shortage of hundreds of security guards is reported and a number of common reasons why young Israelis do not work in this area are pointed out. Some do it out of convenience, others out of a desire for a “more serious” work, others precisely because of the alternatives that have opened up during the coronavirus. “Generation Z is a generation that has more demands and less desire to work,” says one airport official.

Israel Railways is now trying to combat this phenomenon, mainly because they are short of about 300 security personnel. Railway officials told Ynet that the full workforce is 850 guards, as it was in the days leading up to the corona virus, but now it is only 550 guards. Who are these 300? Some of them are former security workers who did not return to their jobs after the crisis, and some are young people who decided to leave the security service and wanted to get another job.

Israel Railways has done a lot in recent months to attract more young people to work: an annual grant of around NIS 5,000, the opening of training funds, higher wages for weekend work, and even an increase of more than NIS 10 in hourly wages, which at present it is 59.12 shekels, but the workers do not come.

“We returned to full-time work in March of this year, but some security personnel have not returned and are difficult to recruit. This is a national problem for many organizations at the moment, today's young people do not want to work in security, but want to work in digital technologies or in a courier service,” says Israel Railways' senior security officer. “There they work less stressfully and at the hours that suit them, and not in shifts, as we do.” one job to another. “They come, but they don’t like that they have to sign a contract for a year. It didn’t happen before, before the coronavirus we didn’t have a staffing problem, but the virus has changed the rules of the game. Today they ask, is there work at home? But this is not an area where you can work from home, so they are looking for another place.

He also claims that many did not want to return from paid leave at all: “As soon as the state began to give grants for studies and many stayed with their parents, who also help financially, the option to stay at home and find something else has increased. In general, today they have more opportunities, whether in the Volta or in another job with a more flexible schedule.

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