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Greece: Pay and benefits

Original and updating author: Christos A. Ioannou
Consultant editor: Costas D. Papadimitriou


  • There is a distinction between the employment contracts of "white-collar employees" and "blue-collar employees". (See Pay and the employment contract)
  • Employees are entitled to 14 months' pay a year, and must be given a written statement of gross wages containing certain information. (See Payment of wages)
  • Save for certain exceptions, employers may not make deductions from employees' pay. (See Deductions)
  • Male and female employees must receive equal pay for "work of equal value". (See Equal pay)
  • Greece has a statutory national minimum pay rate that applies to all employees, including those in temporary or casual work. (See National minimum wage)
  • State pension contributions are made through employers' and employees' social security contributions. (See Pensions)
  • Employers are obliged to make social security contributions and to deduct employees' contributions. (See Income tax and social security)
  • There are various rules regarding pay for employees who are absent from work due to sickness or other reasons. (See Pay for employees not at work)