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Greece calls for 80,000 tourism workers from Egypt and other countries

With up to 80,000 vacancies in its workforce, Greece is looking to utilize international agreements signed with Egypt, Syria, Bangladesh and Pakistan to employ workers in the Greek tourism sector – in addition to  employing workers in agriculture, livestock and fisheries.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated: “We are working to activate the agreement signed with Egypt in (agricultural production).”

He previously admitted that there is a severe shortage in some sectors of the economy, such as primary industries and the tourism sector.

A decision will be adopted soon determining the terms and conditions of employment alongside the total number of workers transferred.

According to preliminary estimates, the shortage of tourism sector workers in Greece may exceed 80,000 people, as there were 55,000 to 60,000 vacancies that existed last year, and this season some temporary workers had dropped out for other activities.

In its latest reports, the Hellenic Federation of Industries (SEV) indicates “the level of employment deficit in Greece is 10 percent compared to the average in the European Union”.

The association’s analysis reveals some professions and specializations for which there is a great demand, yet are difficult for companies to find suitable employees.

High demand occupations are mainly in the manufacturing, information and communication technology (ICT), energy and logistics sectors.

Wanted positions include IT applications specialist, network and telecommunications specialist, computer specialist, purchasing executive, electrician, industrial service technician, automation technician, industrial facility operator, machinery and equipment operator, metallurgical workers and food industry technologists.

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