Greece - Public and private wage differentials - October 31, 2017

According to the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), civil servants remain significantly better paid than private sector workers, with their average wages 38% higher than their counterparts in the private sector. The average monthly net wage in the public sector is 1,075 euro compared to 777 euro in the private sector, according to figures made public in SEV’s bulletin, which underlined that the gap between the two is widening rather than closing. In a report conducted by the civil servants’ trade union ADEDY an increase in permanent staff in the civil services is signalled over the 2017. An additional 1,293 staff were hired between August 2016 and August 2017, bringing the total number to 566,022. Another finding was that most civil servants – 80% of the total – take home a net monthly salary of less than 1,300 euro. Half earn up to 1,000 euro a month, 44% take home between 1,000 and 1,500 euro and 3.6% net between 1,500 and 2,100 euro.

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