A Guide to Working in Greece

Greece jobs

Millions of people from around the world visit Greece every year and this is one of the most popular destinations to work abroad in Europe.

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.


Best Places to Find Work

Most positions can be found in the larger cities and tourism hotspots like:

Athens, Rhodes, Los Paros, Kefallonia, Skiathos & Vounaki.


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.

If applying in person 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.


Holiday Rep Jobs

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 seasonal 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.

Some companies 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 destinations like France, Spain and Italy. 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 recruiters 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 voluntary work in Greece this is generally unpaid but usually includes accommodation.


Eligibility & Requirements

For a lot of summer and 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!


Tips for Getting Hired

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. If you need any help getting a job in Greece please get in touch.

"I worked a month in Greece during summer. 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


Jobs in Greece for English Speakers, Foreigners & Non-EU Citizens 

Are you interested to find job vacancies in Greece but not sure if you are eligible as you are not from a country in the EU?  We get lots of enquires from people from all around the world including countries like India and South Africa who are keen to secure employment but as you might have realised this isn't that simple. 

There are several way how you can find jobs in Greece as a non-EU citizen. Some companies offer jobs in Greece for Indian, South African and other nationalities but to get hired you will need to be eligible for a work visa or have a company offer you a position. 

Our best advice is to contact the recruiters listed on our website who will be able to help you secure work legally in the country. Or for more options in this region search seasonal jobs in Europe.