In Greece there is a distinction between statutory working hours and contractual working hours. Statutory working hours are fixed according to public policy; contractual working hours are set by collective agreement, individual contract of employment, works rules or company practice.
For more information about Greek labour laws consult:
As a condition to employment you have to be in possession of an AFM (tax number). Once you’ve been offered work and a proper contract, you must then take this contract and a number of other documents to the local municipality and apply for a work permit.
As a non-EU citizen it is necessary to obtain a work contract and then apply for a work visa before entering Greece, or alternatively ask your employer to sponsor your resident/work permit. This is difficult since employers must be able to prove that there are no Greek or EU citizens qualified to fill the position in question.
The Ministry of Employment and Social Protection is responsible for employment and labour issues (in Greek only):
Once you’ve been hired for a job in Greece it’s important to get a signed personal job contract from your employer. If you’re in serious doubt about some terms and passages consider getting advice from a lawyer. In any case pay attention to the following:
Try to make sure that general statements such as "as is typical in this line of work" or "as is commonly accepted" or "subject to the employer's judgment" are avoided since they are unclear and reduce the employer's obligations to a minimum.
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