There was an increase in the number of salaried jobs and average gross wages in Greece in 2016, according to the annual tables of salaried private-sector employees entered into the Ergani system at the end of the year, the labour ministry reported on Thursday. The figures also show an increase in the number of companies taking on salaried employees, the ministry said.
“The figures clearly reflect a positive trend for 2017, for the first time since the start of the crisis, and create well-founded hopes for further improvement,” the ministry announcement said. It also noted that 2016 saw a record 136,260 new jobs created, the highest number in any year since 2001.
Based on the data submitted to Ergani, the number of employees in salaried positions increased by 82,679 at the end of 2016, up 5.1 pct over the number at the end of 2015. Average gross monthly wages also increased by 9.34 pct in the same period and the number of companies employing permanent staff increased by 10,870 or 4.89 pct, from 222,281 in 2015 to 233,151 in 2016.