Youth Employment

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

The minimum age for employment in Greece is 15. Regulations apply for children aged 15-18 as to how many hours they are allowed to work and in which sectors. Workers aged 15-18 (or up to 19 for those still in school) must hold a “work book” from the Department of Labour Inspection. This book is individualised and contains information on the worker's job, hours worked and medical examinations. This is to prevent young people from working in jobs that may endanger their health. The minimum salary is the same as for adults.

Teenagers aged 15-18 and still at school, may work a maximum of six hours a day and 30 hours a week. No night work or work in sectors considered dangerous is permitted. Teenagers aged 16 to 18 and not at school may work a maximum of eight hours a day and 40 hours a week.

Common work for young people, from about 16 years old, is in cafes or bars as waiting staff. This work is rarely declared. Waiting staff tend to work long hours with relatively low pay, plus tips. Shop work is also common. In certain circumstances, children under 15 are allowed to work in certain jobs considered "cultural", for example: theatre production, concerts, or on television, but they must have parental consent.

  • Department of Labour Inspection (Επιθεώρηση Εργασίας) (in Greek)
    At: Dragatsaniou 8, Athens
    Tel: 210 374 8820 / 210 374 8821 / 210 374 8822 / 210 374 8823
    Open: 09:00-13:00

Youth unemployment is high in Greece, and Greece has one of the highest unemployment rates in the Euro zone.

The General Secretariat of Youth, the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection and the Greek Manpower Organisation have all developed programmes to help young people access the labour market. These include:

  • Promotion of Youth Entrepreneurship programme
  • Vocational training programmes
  • Special programmes helping unemployed young people to acquire necessary work experience
  • New Jobs programme
  • Grants for New Self-employed Professionals