Finding a job in Greece is not easy, but there are opportunities, and many people find jobs in various fields, especially in the tourism and hospitality sector. Determination, consistency and good preparation are key elements for success.

For more information on how to find a job in Greece, please check our video.

When you can work

To get the right to work,

  • If you are an asylum seeker, you must complete sixty (60) days after Registration, provided that a decision regarding your asylum application has not been issued yet. From that moment, you maintain the right to work only if you remain a full registration card holder. If you get a job, you must inform the Asylum Service immediately. Otherwise, you may be deprived of cash assistance or other benefits.
  • If you are granted refugee status, you have the right to work as an employee or a freelancer or open up a business, having the same rights and obligations as any Greek citizen. If you get a job, you must inform the Asylum Service immediately. Otherwise, you may be deprived of cash assistance or other benefits.
  • If you are a Ukrainian national and have obtained Temporary Protection status, you can work in Greece. Note that the AMKA (Social Security Number) and AFM (Tax number) are written on the card. 

Find more on how you can prove that you can work in Greece here.

Please note that once you get an AFM, you must submit a tax declaration every year between April and the end of June. Find more here.

ID numbers you need

Like everyone in Greece, you must get several ID numbers before you can start working.

You will need the AMKA (Social Security Number) or the Temporary Social Security Number (PAAYPA) and AFM (Tax number).

Find out how:

Getting a tax number (AFM)

Getting a Social Security Number (ΠΑΑΥΠΑ or AMKA)

Getting a National Insurance number (IKA)

Getting paid

Before you can get paid for work in Greece, you must get a bank account Find out how:

Getting a bank account

Your rights

Learn more about your rights:

Workers' rights in Greece

Proving you can work in Greece

Find and apply for a job in Greece

Finding a job is a process, and to be successful, you need to take it step by step.

  • Step 1: identify your skills and interests and decide what jobs you will target. It is always better to have specific sectors in mind because you will be more focused, more qualified, and have better chances of finding a job.
  • Step 2: write a strong Curriculum Vitae (CV), where you will include your work experience, your education and skills.
  • Step 3: write a Cover Letter that suits the type of job you are pursuing
  • Step 4: Start your Job Search
  • Step 5: Prepare for an Interview
  • Step 6: Get informed about the Work Culture in Greece in general and your job in particular.
  • Step 7: Get informed about your Rights

How to find information about my work history - MyErgani Application

If you want to find information about your employment contracts, you can download the MyErgani application. Through this application, each employee has direct and easy access to all employment relationships with the employers where he has been employed and to the most recently recorded data from each of his legal jobs, as recorded by the employers' statements. Logging in to the service requires authentication using TaxisNet passwords.