Hire and pay employees in
Greece, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Greece. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

The average onboarding time frame in Greece is 3 days with Deel.

Currency

Euro - EUR

Capital

Athens

Official Language

Greek

Payroll Cycle

Monthly

Onboard, pay and manage employees in Greece with Deel.

Usually, to hire in Greece, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.

Deel lets you hire employees in Greece quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more. For your existing direct employees, we can manage your entire payroll operation from end-to-end.

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  • Pension Insurance
  • Public Health Insurance
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Private Healthcare - Unisure (optional)
  • Private Healthcare - Allianz (optional)

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Minimum Wage Requirements

The minimum wage is EUR 780 per month. However, the minimum wage will vary according to the seniority and civil status of the employee:

Years of service Minimum wage Marriage/family allowance
Up to 3 years EUR 830 EUR 858
3 - 6 years EUR 913 EUR 944
6 - 9 years EUR 996 EUR 1038
Over 9 years EUR 1079 EUR 1142

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax ranges from 9% to 44%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates. Multiple additional factors may impact overall rates such as the household status and the number of children.

Gross Annual Income Tax Rate (%)
Up to EUR 10,000 9%
Up to EUR 20,000 22%
Up to EUR 30,000 28%
Up to EUR 40,000 36%
Over EUR 40,000 44%

Payroll Cost

The employer cost is generally estimated at 22.29% of the employee salary.  The maximum gross monthly base salary for social security contributions for 2024 is EUR 7.373,53 per month.

  • Pension Fund - 13.33%
  • Supplementary Pension -3.00%
  • Health Insurance - 4.30%
  • Supplementary Health Insurance 0.25%
  • Additional Contributions - Unemployment - 1.41%
  • Teleworking Expense - EUR 28 a month

These costs are provided as estimates and are intended solely for general informational purposes. To fully comprehend all associated costs and fees related to the terms of any employment agreement for this country, please contact our Sales team for a quote.

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. The standard workweek is from Monday to Friday. However, if both parties agree the standard working hours can be 6,4 and the working days from Monday to Saturday. 

In Greece, there are two types of overtime: "iperergasia" and "iperoria." It is required by law to pay overtime to employees, and the rates vary depending on the type of overtime.

There are limitations in place: employees cannot work more than an average of 48 hours per week over a period of up to 4 months, including both types of overtime. Additionally, it is not allowed to include overtime in the employment agreement.

Overtime: Iperergasia

  • For employees working 40 hours a week for 6 days a week, the first 8 hours of overtime (1 hour and 20 minutes per day) fall under iperergasia.
  • For employees working 40 hours a week for 5 days a week, the first 5 hours of overtime (1 hour per day) fall under iperergasia.
  • Iperergasia is paid an increase 20% of the employee's regular hourly rate.
  • There is no need to inform the authorities about this type of overtime.

Overtime: Iperoria

  • Any overtime worked after the hours of iperergasia is considered iperoria.
  • The authorities must be informed in advance about iperoria, and there should be a valid reason for it. Iperoria cannot exceed 3 hours per day (excluding iperergasia) or 150 hours per year (excluding iperergasia).
  • Iperoria is paid with a 40% increase of the employee's regular hourly rate until reaching the maximum of 150 hours per year.
  • To work more than 150 hours of overtime in a year, the employer needs special permission from the Ministry of Labor and must pay an increase od 60% of their regular hourly rate.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees who have worked for 10 consecutive days are entitled to 17 weeks of paid leave, taken in 2 parts. Employees who have a child via surrogacy are also entitled to the 9 weeks of maternity leave.

This is paid by e-EFKA at 50% of the employee’s regular salary corresponding to the insurance contribution class of the insured person. The child benefit rate is also paid for each child, at 10% of the rate mentioned previously. At a minimum, the employee will receive ⅔ of their regular salary for this time.

Paternity Leave

Employees are entitled to 14 days of paid paternity leave. The employee will receive 100% of the salary during this period, and the employer will be responsible for this pay. 

The employee can't extend leave but can request paid time off upon agreement with the employer.

Parental Leave

Employees are entitled to 30 months of reduced working hours as parental leave from the end of maternity leave or special maternity protection benefit. Employees must have worked for their employer for a minimum of 1 year to be eligible. 

Both parents can decide how to distribute the time off, which can be taken until the child reaches the age of 8 and either parent can take parental leave. This leave is considered PTO, and is paid the same way as vacation is paid 

Parental leave can’t be extended.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for 13 days in their first year of employment and 25 days in all subsequent years. This leave is paid at different rates and by different payers depending upon length: 

Period

Length in the company

Pay

1st Payer

Pay

2nd Payer

0 - 3 days

-

50%

Employer

 

-

4 - 13 days

Less than 1 year

50% of assumed daily salary of the insurance class in which the employee is classified, based on the average of their wages in the past 30 working days

Social Security

Compensation up to 50% of the salary

Employer

4 - 25 days

More than 1 year

50% of assumed daily salary of the insurance class in which the employee is classified, based on the average of their wages in the past 30 working days

Social Security

Compensation up to 100% of the salary

Employer

 

Payment may vary based on a range of factors, and as such a true indication of benefit amount cannot be determined until social security has performed their calculations.

Termination Requirements

Terminations must respect complex rules and the rules of an employee’s employment country. The off-boarding is always handled by the Employer with the primary stakeholders. It may include ad-hoc fees as well as required or recommended steps on specific termination cases.

Terminations in Greece can be complex. The conditions will depend on the term of the contract, length of service, and the employee's salary. The authorities must be notified within 4 working days (i.e. Monday to Friday) for all terminations.

For indefinite term contracts, compliant terminations include:

  • Voluntarily by the employee
  • By mutual agreement (only in cases of retirement)
  • Unilaterally by the employer based on:
    • Probation period
    • Objective grounds
    • Disciplinary dismissal: absent from work without an excuse for more than seven days, or in case of improper behavior
    • Without cause, upon prior notification

For fixed-term contracts, compliant terminations include:

  • Unilaterally by the employer based on:
    • Objective grounds
    • Probation period
    • Objective grounds
    • Disciplinary dismissal: absent from work without an excuse for more than seven days, or in case of improper behavior
  • By the expiration of the contract

Terminations and resignations must take place on Fridays. They cannot take place on other weekdays, weekends or public holidays.

Notice Period

Notice will depend on the contract term, what is agreed in the employment agreement, the salary of the employee, and the reason for the termination.

Fixed-term contracts

  • By the expiration of the contract: no notice is required
  • Termination by the employer:
    • No notice up to one year of employment
    • 30 days over one year of employment

Indefinite-term contracts

  • Unilaterally by the employer
    • No notice is required
  • Voluntarily by the employee
    • 15 days of notice
  • By mutual agreement

Severance for Employees

In Greece, employees who are terminated after one year of employment are entitled to severance pay. Severance pay will depend if the employee was terminated without cause or with cause, and primarily the warning period. 

The minimum severance compensation for terminations without warning is 2 months and it can raise up to 12 months after 16 years of employment. 

The minimum severance compensation for terminations with warning is 1 month and can be raised up to 6 months after 16 years of employment. 

In Greece, a 1-month compensation calculation represents the monthly gross salary, divided by 12 and multiplied by 14 (mandatory bonuses).

To protect you from unforeseen financial risks arising from terminations, Deel applies a Severance Accrual to all employment agreements in this country.  Deel has extensive expertise in managing litigation risk globally and our Severance Accrual calculation is based on the prevailing common-law or statutory entitlements and local best practices. In the event your employee resigns or is not entitled to severance, all unused amounts will be returned to you.

Paid Time Off

Employees in Greece are entitled to a certain amount of paid vacation days depending on how long they have worked for their employer and how many days per week they work:

Calendar year

Days worked per week

Leave amount

1

5

20

1

6

24

2

5

20 until contract anniversary, then 21

2

6

24 until contract anniversary, then 25

3-9

5

22

3-9

6

26

10 (or after 12 years of service at any employer)

5

25

10 (or after 12 years of service at any employer)

6

30

After 25 years of service at any employer

5

26

After 25 years of service at any employer

6

31



PTO accrues at a rate of:

  •  First calendar year
    • Works 5 days per week: 1.67 days/month
    • Works 6 days per week: 2 days/month
  • Second calendar year
    • Works 5 days per week: 1.75 days/month
    • Works 6 days per week: 2.08 days/month
  • Third and subsequent years
    • Full allowance available on January 1 of each year

Employees are eligible for annual leave after 1 month of work.

Public Holidays

Greece celebrates both 10 national holidays.

National public holidays include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Epiphany Day
  • Annunciation of the Virgin Mary
  • Labor Day
  • Orthodox Easter Sunday
  • Orthodox Easter Monday
  • Dormition of the Holy Virgin
  • The Ochi Day
  • Christmas
  • Synaxis of the Mother of God

Onboarding

2 business days after MSA signature & deposit payment.

Employment Contract Details

Contracts must be in Greek and can be bilingual. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.

A contract must include:

  • name
  • start date
  • length of the employment
  • job description
  • termination conditions

Probation Period

Probation periods are not mandatory. The minimum probation period is 30 days and the maximum probation period is 6 months. For fixed-term contracts, the probation period must be limited to one-quarter of the duration of the contract term and cannot be longer than 6 months.
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