4.55% - Health Care
25.06% - Social Security
2.55% - Health Care
16.00% - Social Security
22.00% - 0 - 20,0000
29.00% - 20,000 - 30,000
37.00% - 30,000 - 40,000
45.00% - Over 40,000
In January 2019, the gross monthly minimum wage in Greece was 683.70 EUR. As of July 2019, the gross monthly minimum wage is 758.33 EUR.
Paid Time Off
Annual leave in Greece depends on how long you have worked at a company as well as if the employee works a 5 or 6 day work week:
5-day work week
6-day work week
- There is no obligation for the employee to submit a request to take paid leave.
- The employer must allow the employee to take their annual paid leave before the end of the year.
Sick leave is determined based on how long the employee has been employed:
Annual Sick Leave
11 days-1 year
- If an employee is sick to up to 3 days at a time, s/he receives 50% of their regular pay until their annual sick leave amount runs out.
- The employee received 50% pay for the first 3 days of sick leave by the employer for the first time they are sick for over 3 days. On the 4th day, the employee is eligible to receive a percentage of pay from social insurance as well as the employer until the annual sick leave amount runs out.
Women are entitled to 17 weeks of maternity leave (generally, 8 weeks before the birth and 9 weeks after)
Fathers are permitted 2 days of after the birth of their child.
Also known as "child raising leave", parents are entitled to unpaid leave of 3.5 months until the child reaches 3.5 years old.
Leave due to sickness of a family member: 6 days within a calendar year (8 days for 2 kids, and 14 days for 3 or more).
Leave for visiting kids school: 4 days annually.
Special provisions for the protection of motherhood: 6 months leave to be taken after maternity and child raising leave, paid by Greek Manpower Employment Organization.
Full Time employment is considered 40 hours weekly, and 8 hours daily.
Overtime pay increases the more extra hours an employee works per week.
Depending on the industry, overtime pay for 5-8 hours a week is paid at the rate of 120% of the regular pay. Anything more than the 5-8 hours is paid at a rate of 140%, and if the employee works more than 120 hours of overtime a year, overtime compensation is increased to 160% of the regular pay.
24% standard rate.
Employees contribute 6.67% of their salaries (with ceiling of 5,543.55 EUR), and employers contribute 13.33% of workers wages.
Employers contribute 25.06% of workers wages, and employees contribute 16% of their wages.
In Greece, there are mandatory 13th and 14th salaries which includes Easter (half a month’s salary), vacation bonus (half month’s salary) and Christmas (a full month’s salary).
Salaries are paid monthly.
As of May 2019, an employer must provide a valid reason when terminating an employee. Without a valid reason, the termination is considered invalid. In addition, the employee can contest and even reverse the termination and the burden of proof lies upon the employer.
If the employment relationship is based on a fixed term contract, it can be terminated immediately without notice by either the employee or employer. However, a reason (i.e. breach of contract, failure to comply with the terms of the contract, etc.) is given. If no reason is given, the employee is able to make claim in court and is able to receive compensation for the wages that would have been received until the contract expiry date.
If the employment contract is for an indefinite period, the length of the notice period depends on the length that the employee has been employed:
Number of years employed
Length of Notice Period
Severance pay varies depending on the length of the employment and if the notice period has been complied with:
Duration of employment
If notice period was given
If notice period was not given
Less than 1 year