Everyone who lives in Greece knows that there are no jobs. And that if there are any, they are badly paid. Not so much because of the low salaries but because full-time jobs have become a rarity. Part-time jobs prevail and rule the Greek labor market. Almost half a million people have a part-time job and earn 412 euro per month gross, which is below 380 euro net. Survival tricks are urgently needed.
According to a research conducted between April 2014 and April 2015 by IKA, Greece’s biggest social security fund for the private sector:
for 491,440 part-time employees the average gross salary is €412.62 per month.
According to IKA data, in one year the total number of employees increased by 3.56%.
However, the number of part-time employees (four hours per day) increased by 10.34%, while the number of full time employees increased by just 2.07%.
The average gross salary* for full-time employees (1,305,686 people) in April 2015 stood at 1211.88 euros. From April 2014 to April 2025 the gross salary decreased by 1.34%.
In the net salary for the 1,305,686 full-time employees is below 1,000 euro after deduction of taxes and social security and health contributions, while the net salary for the 491,440 part-timers is below 400 euro.
However we often hear in real Greek life that part-timers work half the time on the papers and full time in real life. We also hear that full-time jobbers sign contracts of 600-700 euro gross, if they are lucky. Because in the Greek labor market, anyone with no previous experience in his new full-time job, gets the minimum salary of €580 gross and €480 net. Minimum salary for those below 25 is set to 480 euro gross.
What if you have have a university degree in Engineering and in addition also a PhD. If you manage to get a job in a drug store, for example, or a shoe store, you will get the minimum salary.
With unemployment at 25% at least and many households having only one source of income if at all, one can very well imagine how one can feed a family of four, cover their needs and pay the extra taxes with 800 euro per month. and, No, I cannot even dare to imagine how it is to feed your family with just 380 euro, if you’re a part-timer.
* I suppose the 1,211.88 euro gross salary refers to employees with several years on the same company. Because I hardly hear of such wages in new hiring in the last few Memorandum & Austerity years.
PS yet, civil servants still get better, higher wages.