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Summer Jobs in the Greek Islands

Updated on February 4, 2016
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Carolina lives on the Greek island of Crete, has published a guide book and runs a website about 'Living in Crete'.

Greece sunset
Greece sunset

Summer Jobs in Greece

Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Kos, Ios, Paros, Zante, Zakinthos, Kefallonia, Mykonos, Skiathos, Santorini ... take your pick of the Greek Islands!

Fancy a job working in the sun this summer? Then why not head for Greece and the Greek Islands and work in the sun in 2016.

Each summer thousands of workers arrive looking for jobs in Greece and the Greek Islands. They will spend anywhere from one to seven months living and working on the Greek islands in mostly tourist related services.There are seasonal jobs in hotels, cafes, bars, tavernas and car rental offices, to name just a few. For most of these summer jobs in the tourist areas dealing with English-speaking visitors there is no requirement that you speak the Greek language.


2016 Update

Tourism remains one of the highest sectors of employment in the Greek Islands and temporary summer jobs are still to be had, particularly in the main tourist resorts.

Check out the guide below and head for a working holiday in Greece this summer.

How and where to find summer work in Greece

The majority of summer jobs in Greece are advertised locally and by word of mouth. Workers who come to the islands for the summer season usually arrive between April and June to search on the spot for work.

  • Many job seekers in Greece book a two week holiday at the beginning of the season to the Greek Island of their choice (some of the most popular islands are Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos) and start searching the bar, café & taverna windows for ‘staff wanted' notices. Chat to local bar and taverna owners, make connections, and they will very likely point you in the direction of places looking for staff. In the busy resorts on the larger islands such as Crete, Rhodes and Corfu this is the norm and hundreds of young people turn up looking for jobs each year. For bartending you will normally need some experience, other options for summer work include ‘PR' jobs (basically handing out flyers for a bar or club, and hanging around that bar encouraging passers-by to go in), waitressing, cooking or washing up in a bar, café or taverna.

  • It's not just the larger Greek islands and the busy resorts who take on staff; some taverns, pensions and beach bars in quieter locations across the islands also seek English speaking workers, and in remote spots you are very likely to have accommodation thrown in. Just choose your location, head there and ask around for work.

  • The advantage of searching for a job in Greece locally, rather than over the internet, is that you will see exactly where you will be working, and for whom. But if you prefer to have a summer job waiting for you when you get there then you'll find a number of vacancies advertised on the internet on various job websites and in general Greek forums. An internet search will bring up plenty of relevant websites but remember that it is down to you to check out individual employers or organisations; don't get carried away with what may appear to be your 'dream' job without checking out some background information. The chances are if it sounds too good to be true it probably is so keep your wits about you and your feet firmly planted on the ground!


Crete - beaches and mountains.
Crete - beaches and mountains.
  • For other types of jobs in Greece - possibilities exist with tour operators, the larger of which employ reps, office administration staff and transfer reps, both from their home bases and locally in Greece and the Greek Islands. Generally vacancies are advertised November through to February/March, but late - starters may still be looking for staff in May and June. Some job vacancies may also arise mid season, particularly during July and August when tour operators have an extra workload. Do a Google search for tour operators or hoildays in Greece and check out the tour ops' websites, vacancies are usually listed under links at the top or bottom of their homepage under 'careers', 'travel jobs', 'join us' etc.

Pay & Working Conditions

The crunch! Pay in Greece is generally low and the hours worked can be long, with little time off.

The minimum wage in Greece was reduced in 2012 under the austerity measures, and wages are low: for young employees under 25, the minimum monthly wage is 510 euros (440 euros net), and for over 25's, the minimum monthly wage is 586 Euros (510 euros net). Previously the minimum wage was 750 euros (around 700 euros net).

If you are working in the service industry (bar, waiter/waitress etc) you may be paid daily rates, which can be anything between 20 and 40 euros per day for unskilled work and your income can be substantially supplemented by tips.

With most summer jobs in Greece you will be working at least six full days a week, in some jobs you may even be expected to work seven days a week, so don't forget to check the working conditions with any prospective employer before accepting a job offer.


Finally!

Be proactive in your search. Jobs will not just come to you.

Please note that I do not employ anyone and I cannot respond to any emails about job vacancies.

Follow the the information, ideas and links in this article to search for possibilities and vacancies.

And check out the links below entitled 'More Information on Jobs in Greece, Vacancies & Working in Greece'.


Copyright © 2008 - 2016 Carol Palioudaki

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    Carolina Crete 5 years ago from Crete, Greece

    To everyone - thanks for reading the hub. It is for information purposes only, I do not employ anyone and I cannot respond to emails about jobs.

    Thanks everyone and good luck with your job hunting!

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    pub george sarti halkidiki 8 years ago

    We are looking for attractive outgoing people, to work in george pub bar in sarti halkidiki, Greece. We require Bartenders, Waiter/esses,and P.r`s.Please send full length photo`s of yourselfs and we want you to come 25 march until the end of octomber!!You are sure to have a good time!!! :-).our bar pay per 30 euro per day with free room acomodation for all the summer!!!if you interesting and speak english hungarian or slovakian this job is for you!!infos:+306978750184 and at our email:george_sarti@yahoo.gr

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    Greg Manset 8 years ago

    For those looking for a job in Crete and in Greek islands : http://www.jobincrete.com

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    Carolina Crete 8 years ago from Crete, Greece

    It depends on your Nationality. EU Citizens do not need a work visa, but anyone from outside the EU usually does. Check with your own Embassy in Greece - most Embassies have online websites with local information.

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    canny wong 8 years ago

    Is a working visa needed for a foreigner working in Greece?

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    rozaliya petrova  9 years ago

    i adore greece ..................

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    sceptic 9 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

    No place like teh greek islands very interesting and informative hub...love the pics.

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    Dina 9 years ago

    it is the best place where i have ever been..

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    SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

    Interesting hub. Beautiful pictures.

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    Decrescendo 9 years ago

    I might consider traveling here

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    Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

    Greece looks beautiful!!

    I'm sure many people would want to work in Greece to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the whole general ambiance of a place..

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    glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

    This looks like an amazing place to work... I want to see more hubs on Greece!