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Hire 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 5 days with Deel.


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Hire employees in Greece. No entity needed.

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.

Greece also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in Greece quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.

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

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Minimum Wage Requirements

The minimum wage is EUR 713 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 713 EUR 784.30
3 - 6 years EUR 784.30 EUR 855.60
6 - 9 years EUR 855.60 EUR 926.90
Over 9 years EUR 926.90 EUR 998.20

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%

Employer Cost

The employer cost is generally estimated at 22,29% of the employee salary.

  • 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

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. 

Overtime payment is mandatory for agreements with a salary up to EUR 7,800 per year. For contracts above the minimum wage, overtime pay is not mandatory.

Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. Before working additional hours, the employer and employee must agree on the number of hours, and the employer has to submit the request to the Labor Agency. For extra hours, employees are paid:

  • 120% of the hourly rate, the first 5 hours.
  • 140% of the hourly rate, the following hours.
  • 125% of the hourly rate, for night shifts.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees, who have worked for 10 consecutive days are entitled to 119 days of paid leave. 56 days must be taken before the child's birth. 

During this period, the employer and Social Security will pay the employee and the rates and costs will depend on the length of service of the employee with the same employer: 

During maternity leave, employees can also claim a child benefit at a rate of 10% of 50% of the base salary for each child.

The employee can extend leave additional 180 days at the same rates as for paid maternity leave from Social Security.

Paternity Leave

Employees are entitled to 14 days of paid paternity leave. Two days can be taken before the child's birth. The remaining must be taken before the child is one month. 

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 120 calendar days of parental leave. 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. Social Security will pay the minimum wage during the first 2 months, and the remaining months are unpaid.  

Parental leave can’t be extended.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 25 days. During the first year of employment, employees can take up to 13 days and will be entitled to lower wages. 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 base salary Social Security Compensation up to 50% of the salary Employer
4 - 25 days More than 1 year 50% of base salary Social Security Compensation up to 100% of the salary Employer

The limit of the base salary that the employee will receive will depend on the decision from the Social Security authorities.

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.

For indefinite term contracts, compliant terminations include:

  • Voluntarily by the employee
  • By mutual agreement
  • 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).

Paid Time Off

Both full-time and part-time employees are entitled to 20 working days of paid time off (PTO) a year. PTO accrues monthly 1,67 days per month. Employees are eligible for annual leave after 1 month of work.

PTO increases with the length of service:

Employees who have completed 10 years of service with the same employer or 12 years of employment with any employer and under any employment relationship will be entitled to leave of:

  • 30 working days if a 6-day working week system is in place or;
  • 25 working days if a 5-day working week system is in place (Article 3 of NGCLA 2008/2009).

After completing 25 years of service or previous experience, employees are entitled to 1 additional day of leave:

  • 31 working days for a 6-day working week system and;
  • 26 working days for a 5-day working week system, respectively.

Public Holidays

Greece celebrates both 13 national holidays based on the location of the employee.

National public holidays include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Epiphany Day
  • Shrove Monday
  • National Independence Day
  • Orthodox Good Friday
  • Orthodox Good Saturday
  • Orthodox Easter
  • Orthodox Easter Monday
  • Orthodox Whit Monday
  • Assumption of Virgin Mary
  • National OXI - Day of World War II
  • Christmas
  • Boxing Day


5 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 365 days. 

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