Jobs in Greece
If you like the idea of working overseas in a sunny climate then consider Greece as your destination. There are so many reasons why you should apply including getting to experience a new culture, living close to spectacular beaches, partying in some of the best resorts in Europe, meeting new people from all over the world and aso getting paid! Find summer, casual, temporary, seasonal and year round jobs in Greece and the Greek Islands in 2017 & 2018.
Seasonal, Summer & Working Holiday Jobs in Greece
Guide to Working in Greece
Thousands of people visit Greece every year, this is one of the most popular destinations to work abroad. There are so many reasons why you might want to spend your summer working here - the weather is a amazing, there are some of the best beaches on the continent here and the nightlife is special. Most people apply for summer jobs which are extremely popular and there are lots of casual and temporary employment opportunities perfect if you are looking to stay for a few weeks or even months.
There are so many reasons why you should choose Greece as your work abroad destination, this country has some spectacular locations where you could spend time working on the mainland or live on one of the gorgeous islands. These are the most popular destinations to gain employment where you will never be too far from the beach. On our guide to working in Greece you can view more information about the types of jobs available and find local and international recruiters. Apply for the best experience of your life and search jobs in Greece today.
Popular Places to Work in Greece
Other Places you could work in Greece:
Kos is a very small island, around 40km is size located in between Greece and Turkey. You can experience the laid back lifestyle but when night comes there are lots of bars and clubs to keep you entertained pumping out big summer anthems.
One of the most unique and pretty places in the world, once you have seen pictures of the beautiful white buildings on a cliff with views for miles around. There are lots of hotels, hostels, cafes and restaurants here.
You could apply for lots of seasonal positions in Mykonos which is a really pretty small Greek Island. For summer we recommend applying to work at the legendary Paradise club which has all the big name djs playing, this is the largest club on the island which can hold around 5,000 people! Most popular times for jobs are from May to September - apply early though!
2017 Summer Jobs in Greece
Greece has fallen on hard times in the past few years with economic troubles and a high unemployment rate but there are still jobs available and local people are extremely friendly. The islands are a lot less affected than the capital Athens for example and every year Greece attracts thousands of tourists and also workers who take advantage of the warm climate, laid back lifestyle, sun and cheap cost of living. This is also helping the Greek economy. Most summer jobs in Greece can be found in the tourist industry at hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants, travel agencies, car rental offices or working as a holiday rep, in a bar, restaurant or hotel which is extremely popular. When applying to work in hospitality you could apply to work in the following areas: reception staff. chefs, cooks, waiters, waitresses, bar serving staff, cleaners, spa therapists, childcare assistants, activity leaders and tour leaders.
Bar jobs in the Greek Islands are quite easy to get due to the amount of bars throughout the country, usually little experience is needed as it is fairly easy to learn the basics. There are no shortage of hotel jobs available to apply for too, usually there is a mix of local and international staff and this is a good alternative to the lively rep / bar jobs. If you do have previous experience of this type of work then gaining employment shouldn't be too difficult. We recommend printing off lots of CV's and walking around but also going into bars, clubs, hotels and restaurants to actually speak to the staff, managers and hiring people. Getting face to face contact is a lot better than just handing over a CV and also don't expect to just arrive during June or July (both peak seasons) and walk straight into a job. Be sensible, plan ahead and also work out where the best places to stay are. With hard work and determination you should be able to land a job especially if you get on friendly terms with the local bar managers.
To work at a resort or as a rep in Greece you will need endless amounts of energy and enthusiasm, these jobs can be tiring but one of the best experience you will every encounter. Working as a rep can be hard work but a lot of fun, sometimes you might be working both days and nights making sure people have the best experience possible. How many hours you work really depends on your hiring company, usually you will work around 5-8 hours per day but sometimes this can be longer. During low season you can expect to work for around 4-5 days per week but during peak season you can work around 6-7 days.
If you apply for a summer job in Greece and you are wondering how much you will get paid, don't expect to be paid a fortune, sometimes basic wages can be low but this is about the experience as much as the salary. If you are going to be working in a bar or club - these are the two most popular jobs but starting out you might be shocked at how little you get paid for the hours you might put in. It is not all bad though, you will get plenty of perks which make up for this including free drinks, food, club passes and organised events. Also Greece is a great value destination a pint of beer costs around €2.00 a soft drink around €1.60 and a bottle of water approx €1.00. Alcohol and food are likely to be your biggest drain on finances.
On our website we list companies who offer job packages which can include accommodation and meals, these are usually free but sometimes don't expect wages to be as high as in other European working destinations. Greece lowered their minimum wage in 2012, before this it was 750 Euros but now it is as low as 500 Euros due to the financial crisis which hit the country. You might find some jobs pay cash in hand daily or you will get a weekly or monthly salary. Some international companies offering packages where they will arrange everything from your return flights, accommodation, job placement, food, uniform, insurance, training and in-country support. If you are going to be applying locally to bars, clubs, hotels and resturants then your wages can vary, sometimes a low starting salary is offered but then commission is added for any sales you make.
For a lot of summer / tourism jobs you will only need to speak English, but learning basic Greek phrases will make your experience of living and working here easier. This country also attracts visitors from all over the world so if you speak other languages like German or Russian this can come in helpful / be an advantage for you to find employment.
You will usually need to be aged 17 and over to apply for jobs and also be respinsible and in good health. Employers will not be very tolerant if you turn up to work looking a mess after a heavy night out. People from all around the world apply too work in Greece, the most popular Nationalities include UK nationals. Don't apply for summer jobs in Greece if you don't like the heat or sun, sometimes temperatures go over 40 degrees!
Top Tips to Land a Dream Job
The most popular times to gain employment in Greece is summer around May - October which is when most people are visiting, our top tip is to arrive early in the season as the later you leave it the less jobs there are likely to be. So in April and early May there are less people appyling meaning you can get ahead of the crowds and really have the choice of where appeals to you the most. You can search featured jobs and employers above or if you are going independently then you will need to ask around and visit places to ask about jobs direct.Most local employers offer short term and flexible contracts unless you are working for a large international company where you might have a long term fixed placement.
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"I worked a month in Greece with Playaway Abroad. I loved it so much I asked to stay longer. It was honestly the best thing I've ever done, I also made friends for life." - Chloe, UK
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