Employment in Tourism Sector Hits Record Numbers in Greece



“Little Venice” on the island of Mykonos in Greece’s Cyclades archipelago is flooded with tourists.

According to a recently-published study by the Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation (INSETE), employment in the tourism sector reached record-high levels in Greece during the third quarter of 2018.

More specifically, fully 10.6 percent of the total workforce in Greece labored in jobs related to tourism between July and September in 2018.

This is the highest number ever to be recorded in Greece since these specific statistics began to be recorded in 2009.

The previously record-high number of people working in the tourism trade was recorded just one year prior, for the summer season of 2017.

Employment in the food sector as well as accommodations has risen by 12.7 percent in Greece since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2009, showing what a crucial role tourism has played in helping Greece’s finances during such a difficult time for the country.

Another significant, and surprising, finding of this study was that the number of part-time employees in tourism-related businesses in Greece is half of that in the rest of the EU.

In Greece, 16.3 percent of the employees in the areas of catering and accommodations worked on a part-time basis, while the remaining jobs in tourism had only 8.5 percent of their workforce on a part-time contract.

The respective average numbers all across the EU were double these figures.

This shows how well this sector has been performing during the last several years in Greece, as most of the business owners were doing well enough to require full-time employees for their positions.