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3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.6 Integration of young people in the labour market

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Youth employment measures
  2. Flexicurity measures focusing on young people
  3. Reconciliation of private and working life for young people
  4. Funding of existing schemes/initiatives
  5. Quality assurance


Measures for youth employment

To support employment, government agencies (Law 4855/2021, Official Gazette 205/Α/12-11-2021) implement the following measures: The total fiscal cost amounts to 299 million euros.

These measures are:

1. The measure of the recruitment subsidy for young people up to 29 years of age with 1200 euros.

In more detail, for 2022 and in order to deal with youth unemployment in the context of dealing with the consequences of COVID-19, all young people aged 18 to 29 who have no previous work experience and will be hired within the year, receive 6 months of prepaid work time that they can use for their first job.

The aid amounts to 1200 euros for the first 6 months of full-time employment. Half of this amount will be received by the employee (in addition to his salary), as an incentive to find a job and the rest by the employer as a wage cost subsidy. For part-time work corresponding to at least 50% of full-time work, half the amount will be given. This constitutes a fiscal cost of €28 million for 2021 and €14 million for 2022.

2. The expansion of the subsidized jobs program from 100,000 to 150,000 jobs.

The program in question, which has been in force since October 2020, provides for a 6-month subsidy 100% in contributions for each targeted recruitment of an unemployed person and a subsidy of 200 euros in salary for each recruitment of a long-term unemployed person.

3. The extension of the "Co-Working" program until the end of the year, which provides for a 60% subsidy on the salary reduction and a 100% coverage of the contributions corresponding to the reduced salary.

4. The extension of the subsidy program for vacancies in culture.

5. The payment of special purpose compensation (534 euros/month) for artists and tour guides.

At the same time, the 3% reduction in employee contributions will continue to apply in 2022.


Flexibility measures with an emphasis on young people

In the general context of strengthening employment as described in the previous section, as well as in the labor legislation in Greece, flexibility measures with an emphasis on young people are included (e.g. first job contracts, safety of young workers).


Reconciliation of private and professional life for young people

The Research Centre for Gender Equality(KETHI) is a Legal Entity under Private Law and constitutes part of the broader Public Sector (General Government Body). It is part of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs supervised by the General Secretariat for Family Policy and Gender Equality and is managed by a five-member Administrative Board.

KETHI's goals are:

• Supporting women who suffer violence and/or multiple discrimination, through the provision of counselling services.

• Production of scientific knowledge, through conducting research and preparing, publishing and publishing scientific studies in the field of gender equality.

• Eliminating gender discrimination and inequalities, as well as strengthening the position of women, through the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of action programs.

• Development of actions for issues of gender equality at work, entrepreneurship and social inclusion, through the provision of documentation and information.

• Promoting the inclusion of the gender dimension, through the implementation of educational activities with a gender perspective (gender training).

• Promotion of gender equality in special conditions of multiculturalism, through the undertaking of relevant initiatives.

• Transfer of know-how and experience in counselling women and socially vulnerable groups, with a gender perspective.

KETHI along with the General Secretariat of Family Policy and Gender Equality (GOPIF) and the Women On Top organization implement the SHARE project.

The project aims at addressing traditional and stereotypical gender roles within the family and at promoting work-life balance, emphasizing the work environment and taking into account relevant European and national priorities and developing complementary activities that act in a multidimensional and multifaceted way.

A series of laws (Law 4097/2012 Official Gazette 235/Α’/3-12-2012, Law 4075/2012 (Official Gazette 89/Α’/11-4-2012), Law 3996/2011 (Official Gazette 170/Α’/5-8-2011) etc.) regulates the framework for reconciliating private and professional life. Law 4808/2021 incorporated Directive 201/1158 regarding the balance between professional and private life into Greek law.


Funding of current projects/initiatives

1. The budget of the measure of the recruitment subsidy for young people up to 29 years of age with 1200 euros amounts to 28,000,000 euros.

2. The budget for the measure to expand the subsidized jobs program from 100,000 to 150,000 is €169,000,000.

3. The budget of the measure of the extension of the "Co-Work" program until the end of the year amounts at a cost of €50,000,000.

4. The budget of the measure to extend the subsidy of vacancies in culture amounts at a cost of €22,000,000.

5. The budget of the special purpose compensation measure (€534/month) for artists and tour guides amounts at a cost of €30,000,000.


Quality assurance

As part of its organization and operation, the National Institute of Labour & Human Resources operates a quality assurance office.

The aim of the development of the quality assurance system is to create a single organizational framework that will ensure the quality and efficiency in the operation of the Company's training units, providing a common mechanism for their administration and monitoring by the Central Services. The awarding of the Quality Assurance Certificate by an International Accredited Certification Organization of the Quality Management System implemented by the Institute constitutes a practical confirmation of its commitment to the consistent and efficient fulfillment of its customers' requirements.