Youth Employment

Opportunities and regulations for work for teenagers in Cyprus...

The number of years spent in education has increased over the past years and many youths enter the work force after graduating from a university. However, some decide to combine their studies with a part-time job or to take up a full-time job.

Young people from 15 to 18 years of age may work up to seven hours per day. If they also attend school there should be a two hour break between their job and their study hours. They are not allowed to work overtime or from 23:00 to 07:00. People over 18 years of age are allowed to work eights hours daily with the maximum work hours per week determined according to the type of job.

Current legislation sets minimum salaries and wages calculated on a monthly basis for the following occupations: sales workers, clerical staff and auxiliary staff in nursery schools, crèches and schools, security guards and employees with sanitation and caring duties in clinics, private hospitals and houses for the elderly. These rates are implemented by the Council of Ministers and readjusted on an annual basis. All other wages are determined through collective bargaining.

Finding a job

The following organisations provide services and contacts for job seekers. Most operate in the Greek language only.