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Work

Looking for Work if you are 50+

Despite agreed Greek and European policies to try and increase the number of older workers in the  labour market – in reality there are often substantial difficulties for people over 50 years of age in the Greek labour market. Why?
·    Out of date skills and poor investment in their further training and in knowledge of ICT;
·    a lack of  appreciation of the worth and knowledge of older workers   
·    short sighted policies by employer who prefer to hire cheap labour rather than experienced  workers;
·    a popular misconception that older workers are “taking” younger peoples’ jobs;
·    a lack of flexibility in working time;
·    poor working conditions ill adapted to older workers;
·    the lack or inadequacy of public policy incentives to remain legally in the labour market.

The list is long and helps explain some of the negative attitudes found even among older workers. Physically less demanding jobs means that fewer people are exhausted by their jobs and absolutely need to retire. In all cases it is the situation and desire of the older worker that matters.  Ever increasing longevity and the long term sustainability of national pension funds , given the steady decrease in the numbers of young people in the labour market, represent a pressing case for a rethinking of public policies  so that they will encourage and reward those older people wishing and able to stay in the labour market.

If you do wish or need to work then  you must approach the public sector organization responsible for providing help in the Greek Labour Market -  the Organization for Employment of the Labour Force (OAED) whose web site is in Greek. If you read and speak Greek go to the Greek section of the web site. You can find help through the European EURES which links you to those in OAED who can provide advice on work in other languages. http://www.europa.eu.int/eures/main.jsp?catId=2589&lmi=Y&acro=lmi〈=en&recordLang=en&parentId=&countryId=GR®ionId=GR0&nuts2Code=%20&nuts3Code=null&mode=surpluses®ionName=National%20Level

The list of OAED offices and phone numbers throughout Greece is available on http://www.rhodes.aegean.gr/employability/oaed.htm
And although a site designed for people with disabilities, it could be useful if you are looking for advice in your area.  

Other sources of information
 
There are a number of private employment, newspapers and electronic web sites for Greece, some of which may be useful sources of information.

Greek newspapers provide the main source (see the Greek section of the web site) but in English  you can find some jobs for non Greek speakers primarily in The Athens News http://www.athensnews.gr/dolma/dol_ma.maclads?kathg=006

Internet - here are listed only those providing on line advice or services in English
1.   Ανάδειξη   - provides HR consulting services , financial services and PR.

2. In Jobs Information on job offers  and job search, classified adverts, CVs and other helpful notes. http://www.injobs.com/injobs/content/home/index.asp?locale=en

3. Quick links for job seekers, EU citizens
http://europa.eu/quick-links/job-seekers/index_en.htm

Jobs in the public sector require a good command of Greek and thus links to advertisements for such employment is found on the Greek section of the web site.

MATURE - The project which enables employers developing age-diverse recruitment policies
Supporting Employers In Recruiting And Selecting Mature Aged Persons
http://en.elearning.mature-project.eu/


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