Calculation of benefit


For an easy and fast ​benefit calculation according to your income, you can use this unemployment benefits simulator (Hebrew).

Unemployment benefit rates are calculated as percentages of the average daily salary of the unemployed after comparing it with the basic daily amount for calculating benefits: NIS 352 (as of Jan 01, 2020), in accordance with the following table.

Average daily salary is calculated according to total income (liable for insurance contributions) in the last six months preceding the month in which you first registered at the Employment Service Bureau, divided by 150.

Rates of unemployment benefit in percentages of the unemployed person’s average daily salary

The unemployed person's
average daily salary

Unemployment benefit for those 28 years of age or older

Unemployment benefit for those below  age of 28

From the part of the salary that is up to half the basic daily amount for calculating the benefit

80%

60%

From the part of the salary that is higher than half the basic daily amount for calculating the benefit, up to 3/4 of the basic daily amount

50%

40%

From the part of the salary that is higher than 3/4 of the basic daily amount for calculating the benefit, up to the full basic daily amount

45%

35%

From the part of the salary that is higher than the basic daily amount, up to five times the basic daily amount

30%

25%


An example of the calculation of unemployment benefit for an unemployed person who is 28 years of age or older:

Average daily salary for unemployed - NIS 400.
Basic daily amount for calculating benefits: NIS 352 (as of Jan 01, 2020).


 

Salary

Unemployment
benefit

Total daily salary

NIS 400

1. From the part of the salary that is up to half the basic daily amount for calculating the benefit

173

138.4
(173 X 80%)

2. From the part of the salary that is higher than the basic daily amount for calculating the benefit up to 3/4 of the basic daily amount

86.5

43.25
(86.5 X 50%)

3. From the part of the salary that is higher than 3/4 of the basic daily amount for calculating the benefit up to the full basic daily amount

86.5

38.93
(86.5 X 45%)

4. From the part of the salary that is higher than the basic daily amount for calculating the benefit, up to five times the basic daily amount

54

16.2 
(54X 30%)

Total unemployment benefit per day

 

NIS 236.78

In any case, the daily unemployment benefit shall not exceed:

  • An amount equivalent to the daily average wage in the economy: NIS 422.04 (as of Jan 01, 2020), for every day of payment – for the first 125 days of payment.
  • An amount equivalent to two-thirds of the daily average wage in the economy: NIS 281.36 (as of Jan 01, 2020), for every day of payment – beginning from the 126th day of payment  

Deductions from unemployment benefits

Income tax and national and health insurance contributions are deducted from the unemployment benefit payment. For more information, click here.

Differentials to unemployment benefits

If, after you stopped working, you received payments from your employer for the last 6 work months which are taken into account with respect to unemployment benefits calculation, you may be eligible for differentials to your unemployment benefit. In order to check your rights, please approach the Unemployment Department in your local NII branch.