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The jobs that are the most in-demand for expats in Greece

Hello,

We invite you to share some information regarding the job market for expats in Greece. This information will be incredibly helpful to anyone considering moving there, so we're very grateful for your contribution.

What are the types of jobs that are easily accessible to expats in Greece?

What are the ones most in-demand for expats?

Which industry and/or jobs have limited workforce?

Are there any existing surveys, data, or reports done regarding this topic?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

Hello Priscilla,the travel industry is what is really taking off here in Greece now and particularly the very high end accommodation in these new build complexes where people have personal staff,security laid on,the full monty,helicopters flying them in.Companies often look for very smart,young,confident,dynamic employees for management positions,to over-see other staff and customer satisfaction.Some great opportunities to get a foot in the door.I saw on Expat.com here a woman on the Pelopennese with high end villas looking for a manager or couple to oversee the running of a complex down there,so tourism jobs are out there especially the two to ten thousand a night stuff,they need good staff with an eye for detail to make them function well.And Greece has now become an all- year- round destination for the perfect getaway,it doesnt end in September any more and starts much earlier in the year.For people looking they should find out which company owns the villas,complexes etc and contact them direct.

Theres always writing as a career, as an expat living in Crete I have all of the time in the world for writing, **

English language teaching used to be a good gig for an expat with some background in English language teaching skills. But I'm not sure this is the best employment path these days. A friend of mine who taught English in language schools in Athens and had many private students has seen his income reduced as the number of people who can afford instruction has dwindled. Maybe German teaching might now be a better bet in the era of Brexit. However, concertina above seems to have good advice for the present climate in Greece. Tourism has returned as the primary foreign income earner these days after the failed experiment in trying to become a modern state. Also the political and religious instability in Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya etc. has made Greece the safest place in the eastern Med. Increased foreign investment in tourism infrastructure is the empirical result. Apart from that expats don't have much chance for steady employment in Greece unless you have solid local contacts. Busking is always a possibility. My friend Jimmy from Detroit has done ok at it for a few years now. The best way, though, of living in Greece and having an income is to have an internet business or be an expat writer with publishing contacts outside of the country. That's what I do. I write detective novels set in Athens. Sting of the Wasp was published last year in the UK  (amazon.co.uk) and my latest Dead Letter is finished and ready to go. Living in Greece as a writer is a great way to enjoy the country and have some income by which to enjoy it. Incidentally, I write the Panos Akritas mysteries under my birth name, Yianni Xiros.

I also think that crowing a crop..plant,food type is a possibility.Near my cottage someone bought a huge piece of land and planted pomegranate trees,row upon row of them.They are the latest thing for vitamin C,someone else in my village also grows them,has a machine to squeeze them,bottles the juice and sells it.On Crete there are many non Greek people who would wish to buy healthy food and will pay.On the Pelopennese some companies are buying land  to grow various things because they believe the micro climate there is extremely good for growing.Of course the problem with Greece is that a start up in any field is so painful,the red tape, and successive governments have all promised to improve and speed up but never do.Also the mighty tax and health contributions for small companies is way over the top.I have used a private surgeon several times,my husband pays into private insurance through his job,now the surgeon says that he wont take private insurance because the tax office takes 74%,to get him to do the job we had to promise to pay his tax,otherwise he will only take straight cash people,nothing through the bank.We all know we have to pay tax but not SO much,and they want next years tax this year.We had to find the 20% the insurance dont pay and his tax,he is one of the best in Greece so we pay him a bit each month until its paid off,what a stress.This government must have a death wish for the economy and the people.That surgeon told me...I give it five years and then nothing will function properly with those kinds of tax demands...

Im sorry, I have just seen that I said..crowing a crop ..instead of ..growing a crop...ha,it might help though if we sit by the field and crow,imagine ourselves as a rooster,come on  now guys, you know you rather like that idea ha.

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