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Working in Greece

Immigrants constitute 20% of the Greek workforce, filling up most of the unskilled and agriculture related jobs. Tourism is another big employer making up roughly 15% of the country’s GDP. Scams related to jobs are on the rise in the country. Caution needs to be exercised. Just keep in mind that legitimate employers never ask for money to process job applications or carry out legal paperwork.

Many summer, tourist industry related jobs can be acquired from the months of May to September. Majority of the vacancies are found in the busy tourist areas on the islands of Corfu, Crete, Zante, Kos and Rhodes. Harvest work is available throughout the year in different parts of the country. Oranges, bananas, olives, grapes and potatoes need to be picked in locations like Argos, Crete and Tolo. This type of work is best found by enquiring in person, but keep in mind that pay is minimal and working hours long. Au Pairs work and Teaching English in private schools are the other short term work possibilities.

Working in Greece has its set of risks, and people have been known not to get paid after performing their duties. To ensure that this does not happen, follow all legal guidelines so you are protected.

EU citizens can work in Greece for a maximum of three months without any special permits. Just register with the local police within eight days of arrival. For stay of over three months, all EU nationals must apply for “Registration Certificate”. Work involving serving of food or drinks will require that you get a “health-book”. A document provided after the passing of a health exam. Work for non-EU citizens is more complex and you need to see the specifics for your own home country.


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