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Greece
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Make employment in Greece easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Greece, all in one easy-to-use platform.

  • Capital City

    Athens

  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    Greek

  • Population size

    10,724,599

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Facts & Stats

Greece Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Athens

  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    Greek

  • Population size

    10,724,599

  • Ease of doing business

    Easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$ (39 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    24%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    1.9 (2019)

Greece, officially known as the Hellenic Republic (Greek: Ελληνική Δημοκρατία; Ellinikí Dimokratía) is a sovereign democracy located in Southeast Europe.

Considered the birthplace of western civilization, Greece has given us democracy, theatre, philosophy, and pathfinders like Hippocrates, Herodotus, and Alexander the Great.

On the economic front, Greece is home to a highly educated population with a large proportion of skilled professionals. The nation is driven by its tourism and shipping industries, but the high quality of living and natural beauty of the Hellenic nation creates an attractive proposition for remote workers and those looking to relocate.

Grow your team in Greece with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Greece? Companies hiring in Greece must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Greece on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Greece team. You can also pay contractors now in Greece with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Greece, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Greece may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Greece

Greek employment provisions are spelled out across several government regulations which define terms for employee protections, workers’ rights, and labor relations applicable to Greece’s workforce of 4.7 million. Employees in Greece enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process may cover the topics of supplemental benefits, overtime rates, and additional paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Greece.

Minimum Wage

The Greek minimum wage is set at 780 EUR per month, or 910 EUR per month when 13th and 14th salary payments are factored in.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Workers in Greece are also entitled to the equivalent of 14 months pay in a year. This includes the normal 12 month pay, one month pay as a Christmas bonus; half a month pay as an Easter bonus; and half a month pay as an annual holiday bonus. The Christmas, Easter, and annual holiday bonus payments are all treated as part of the agreed salary in Greece. Employers looking to calculate the total cost of employment should include these payments.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Greece fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 4 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

13 Public holidays

Jan
Monday, January 1, 20241New Year's Day (Πρωτοχρονιά)
Saturday, January 6, 20242Epiphany (θεοφάνεια)
Mar
Monday, March 18, 20243Orthodox Clean Monday (Ορθόδοξη Καθαρή Δευτέρα)
Monday, March 25, 20244Independence Day (Ευαγγελισμός του Κυρίου)
May
Wednesday, May 1, 20245Labor Day (Ημέρα Εργασίας)
Friday, May 3, 20246Orthodox Good Friday (Ορθόδοξη Μεγάλη Παρασκευή)
Sunday, May 5, 20247Orthodox Easter (Ορθόδοξο Πάσχα)
Monday, May 6, 20248Orthodox Easter Monday (Ορθόδοξη Δευτέρα του Πάσχα)
Jun
Monday, June 24, 20249Orthodox Pentecost Monday (Ορθόδοξη Πεντηκοστή Δευτέρα)
Aug
Thursday, August 15, 202410Assumption Day (Κοιμήσεως της Θεοτόκου)
Oct
Monday, October 28, 202411Greek National Day / Ochi Day (Ημέρα του Όχι)
Dec
Wednesday, December 25, 202412Christmas Day (ημέρα των Χριστουγέννων)
Thursday, December 26, 202413Second day of Christmas (Σύναξη της Μητέρας του Θεού)

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Competitive benefits package in Greece

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practicing “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Greece are tailored to fulfill the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Greece

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Greece.

  • 13.33%

    Pension fund contribution

  • 4.3%

    Healthcare contribution

  • 0.25%

    Supplementary health contribution

  • 3.25%

    Supplementary insurance

  • 1.41%

    Additional contributions

Types of leave

After working with an employer for an entire year, employees are entitled to a maximum of 26 days of paid time off annually. The final figure depends on their tenure with the employer’s organization.

Employees who work a five-day week get 20 prorated days of vacation annually, which increases by a day, up to 22 days, every year the employee stays with the same employer. Employees who have been in the labor force for 12 years, with 10 of those spent with one employer will be entitled to 25 days of paid leave annually.

Leave entitlements are calculated at a rate of 50% of the employee’s normal wages.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can be terminated if a just cause is established, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or any other work-related offenses.

Notice period

Notice periods in Greece depend on employees’ seniority within the employer’s organization.

  • 1 month: employed for 12 months to 2 years

  • 2 months: employed for two years to 5 years

  • 3 months: employed for 5 years to 10 years

  • 4 months: employed for 10+ years

Severance pay

Greek labor laws stipulate severance payments that depend on the employee’s tenure with the employer’s organization, ranging from none, for employees who’ve worked less than a year, all the way to 24 months of monthly wages for employees who’ve worked with the same employer for at least 28 years.

Probation periods

In the event of an indefinite-term employment contract, the probationary period may not exceed 12 months, during which time the contract may be terminated without due notice and without any compensation for dismissal, except if otherwise agreed between the parties. The employee shall receive wages during the probationary period as well.

Fair Pricing in Greece

Employer of Record

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Starting at $599/month

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  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localized benefits

Contractor Management

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$29

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Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localized contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

$50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralizing payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labor authority reporting handled for you

HRIS

Manage all of your employees in one place

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Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app