The Israeli government plans to import foreign hi-tech workers, according to a report by Channel 10 television news.
The current shortage of available hi-tech talent in the country, particularly in the area of software engineers, is behind the move.
Phase One in the plan involves issuing hundreds of employment visas by the Ministry of Economy and Industry for overseas specialists, according to the report.
In Phase Two the number of visas will increase to thousands, swelling the current ranks of hi-tech workers in Israel and possibly lowering their salaries as well.
In the final quarter of 2015, the average hi-tech salary began to drop by four percent from the previous quarter to end the year at a starting gross monthly salary of NIS 23,650, according to the Globes business news site.