Hiring employees in Greece
Are you in the process of expanding your business to Greece? An important part of building any company is to find the right employees local to your operation. However, the process of Greece recruitment can be challenging, with the country’s strict labor regulations, customs, and language.
At New Horizons, our global expansion consultants will assist you throughout the recruitment process with consultancy and outsourcing to manage your hiring in Greece for you. With our help, you can find, hire, and onboard employees in Greece and stay fully compliant with the country’s laws, even if you don’t have a Greek entity.
Greece hiring guide
Explore some of the key information about Greece recruitment and how to hire the best talent to help with your Greece expansion.
How to find and recruit staff in Greece
Greece has experienced serious problems with unemployment in recent years, especially for young people. However, this can be a blessing for employers as the supply of labor often outstrips demand, and many Greeks are highly educated or skilled in particular professions.
In Greece, as in most countries, the majority of people and businesses use the internet for recruitment purposes. Dedicated job websites such as Kariera are popular and a good place to start as an employer. Also, many people use professional networking sites such as LinkedIn.
Other methods of sourcing recruits are also still used in Greece, including newspaper advertisements and recruitment events, but the internet is gradually replacing these for many businesses.
Laws governing hiring in Greece
As is the case in most developed countries, Greece has extensive legislation protecting employees and job candidates from various types of discrimination. This includes age, gender, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, and several more examples.
Greece recruitment is also governed by data-protection laws, such as a law prohibiting the storage and sharing of personal data that is not directly relevant to a position.
It is very important that you adhere to hiring laws when recruiting in Greece. Failure to follow them can result in disputes and legal action, so always be careful when communicating, interviewing, and hiring new employees, or outsource your recruitment to the experts at New Horizons.
Onboarding staff in Greece
As an employer in Greece, you can onboard your employees in whatever way you think is most suitable, providing that it does not conflict with workers’ rights. For example, some companies choose to provide training via mentorship and others may run specific training sessions for the first few days or weeks when hiring for specialized roles.
Overall, the most important thing is to ensure your new recruits are comfortable, informed, and sufficiently trained to perform their job independently. We recommend always writing up a detailed and formal contract of employment for every worker and going through the specific terms with them early on to avoid any disputes in the future.
Compliance for Greece recruitment
All employees in Greece have a range of entitlements that broadly reflect those given to workers in other European countries. For example, there are laws governing minimum wage, maternity leave, sick pay, vacation leave, maximum working hours, and so on. To stay compliant with Greece’s labor laws, you must provide all of your workers with these, and should formalize them in every employment contract for clarity.
To learn more about these entitlements, visit our Greece PEO page.