Everybody who do not receive any income from outside, e.g. internet activities, must look for a job in Athens. And everyone has now also noticed that the job situation is catastrophic in Greece, at least for Greeks. Since the beginning of the crisis, the number of unemployed has increased from 8% to 23% and the unemployment rate of under-30s is over 40%, together with Spain it is the highest in Europe. The “austerity policy” imposed on Greece results in lower incomes and higher social and tax charges. Even self-employed as well as small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly burdened, so that many have hardly any chance of survival. The aim of this policy is quite obviously to smash the small-scale and predominantly self-employed economic structure and to let the large multinationals take over. A development that has long been completed in many European countries and makes life there so boring and depressing. In Greece, that seems like a long way to go and the resistance is great. Incidentally, over 50% of all jobs are located in the Greater Athens area, so the job offer there is much better, but the demand is also greater. For foreigners, the job search is generally a little better than for locals. This is mainly due to the fact that various international companies are currently trying to gain a foothold in Greece and profitably exploiting the crisis situation (mass privatizations, cheap labor, favorable operating costs such as rent, electricity, infrastructure, lax health and safety laws, etc.). Other foreign companies are simply covering a new, previously non-existent business or closing a gap left by a bankrupt company. Such companies are sometimes desperately looking for foreign-language workers. A noteworthy point of contact for foreigners looking for work on the Internet is European Language Jobs or the job portal of the EU. But beware: I do not want to give any recommendation to participate in the at least morally reprehensible plundering of the country, some companies are known in the relevant (Fraport, Siemens, Telekom, …) and I recommend to research the potential employer and the background To give thought. Paying with foreign employers is often better than with domestic companies. Depending on your qualifications and job, everything from 6 € hourly wage for simple jobs to top salary is included. Known employers for foreign jobbers are, for example, the call center operator Teleperformance or Webhelp. Due to a shortage of labor, sometimes even a commission is paid for the placement of workers, who also share some job placement agencies with the mediators. Of course, there is also the opportunity to introduce yourself to a Greek company. Some seek european native speakers, especially the many language schools are an interesting point of contact, but also small and medium-sized companies, especially in the small country of Greece, the economic links with other countries are large and one or the other foreign speakers in the company is convenient. Another and perhaps even the most promising job perspective is self-employment. On the one hand, due to the difficult economic situation and the high taxation, the conditions are particularly not very attractive. On the other hand, especially for startups with low or negative income in the first years, the additional costs (rent, electricity, health insurance etc.) are much lower than in other European countries, currently you can rent shops for less than 200 €. Greece is the country of the self-employed, with over 30% the leader of the EU (Germany 10%, France 11%, GB 15%). As a self-employed person you have a more self-evident status than in most other European countries, you are part of the majority and you do not have to explain or even justify yourself. Moreover, many products and services that are already established in other countries do not even exist in Greece. Here’s just the question of who comes when and how successful he or she is with it. EU law makes it possible for European citizens to provide services in Greece with a company registered in other European countries. So you can at least bypass some bureaucratic hurdles and tax complexities in the first test phase. In any case, it is advisable to seek out a tax adviser in Athens, whose consulting costs are not too high and sometimes very efficient or well invested. General information on living and working within the EU can be found on the website of the European Commission, tax consultants and other services can be found on xo.gr.