It used to be the case that travellers could turn up in Tel Aviv and find plenty of casual work in bars and restaurants. But in 2006 authorities started cracking down on businesses that hire illegal workers and opportunities are now slim. Your best chances for gainful employment are through Tel Aviv guesthouses and restaurants near the beach. Guesthouses can help find you a job but only if you are staying there. If you do find work and find that you have been cheated by your employer, you can get free legal advice from Kav l’Oved (03-688 3766; www.kavlaoved.org.il; 3rd fl, 17 Yl Peretz St, Tel Aviv; 9.30am-4.30pm Sun, Tue & Wed, noon-6pm Thu).
Working legally requires a permit from the Ministry of the Interior and these aren’t easy to get. Most foreign workers are hired from abroad and have all their paperwork ready when they arrive in country. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to scour the classified ads for employment; check the Jerusalem Post and Ha’aretz.
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