In particular, among the 17,189 businesses checked, 6,765 uninsured workers were found. Out of the uninsured, 2,600 are foreigners who represent 51.3 percent of the total number of foreign workers (5,072). Greek uninsured workers amount to 4,165, which is 34.4 percent of the total number of Greek workers in the businesses checked (12,117).
The Hellenic Labor Inspectorate maintains that the undeclared employment rate in Greece is just indicative and does not reflect the true extent of the problem as the controls are targeted and carried out either after complaints or in sectors with high delinquency.
In the meantime, the Greek Ministry of Labor, Social Security and Welfare’s data reveal a shift in the labor market with an increase in recruitment and in full-time contracts. Specifically, in the first three months of 2013, for the first time since 2010, there was an increase in new recruitment by 7.79 percent compared to the same period in 2012.
Moreover, employers chose to hire full-time employees (rise by 19.25 percent), employ flexible forms of employment, while the number of full-time contracts that were converted into job-rotation was decreased by 23.37 percent compared to the same period last year.