Greek employees opinion on the digital workplace and current economic situation in Greece

The Randstad Workmonitor survey for fourth quarter 2016 explores digital awareness and economic outlook as well as the quarterly mobility index, fear of job loss and job satisfaction of Greek employees.

According to the Greek respondents in the latest Workmonitor, 90% believe that every company should have a digital strategy. However, only 52% state that their employer actually has a digital strategy.

Respondents that believe that every company should have a digital strategy (by country) 


Respondents that state that their employer has a digital strategy (by country)


74% agree that digitalisation requires a different of skill sets than currently available with the employees at their current employer. 73% of those surveyed admit that they personally need to acquire more digital skills to guarantee their future employability.

Agree that digitalisation requries different skill sets than current available with employees at their current employer (by country)


Respondents believe they need to acquire more digital skills to guarantee their future employability (by country)


75% state that if repetitve tasks were automated, they expect to be able to add much more personal value to their job. 54% agreed that they performa a lot of repetitive work and/or routine tasks that could be automated.

Respondents agree that they perform a lot of repetitive work that could be automated (by country)


Job search habits
According to the survey findings, when asked what is the first source you use to look for jobs, 56% of Greek respondents stated they run a Google or internet search (first place). We can make the assumption from the result that Greek employees are becoming more and more aware of technology in their everyday lives and accepting the transition to more digital world of work.

My first choice to look for jobs is (please rank options in order of preference)


Economic Outlook 2017
Globally, 52% of the respondents expect the economic situation in their country to improve. In Greece, the respondents had a different opinion. Only 19% of those surveyed in Greece expect the economic situation in their country to improve in 2017. 


% expect the economic situation in their country to improve in 2017


Holding the first place, 76% of Greek respondents expect the economic situation in Greece to deteriorate in 2017.

% expect the economic situation in their country to deteriorate in 2017


In Greece, only 43% stated that their employer performed better financially in 2016 than in 2015. Only 45% expect their employer to perform better financially in 2017 than in 2016. In last place with Japan, only 20% of the Greek respondents expect to receive a raise at the end of the fiscal year and only 19% expect to receive a one-time financial reward/bonus a the end of the fiscal year.

% state that their employer performed better financially in 2016 than in 2015


% respondents that state they expect their employer to perform better financially in 2017 than in 2016


% expect to receive a raise at the end of the fiscal year (2016)


% expect to receive a one time financial bonus for 2016


Quarterly recurring items

Mobility Index in Greece remains static 
The Randstad labour market "mobility index" assesses the number of employees who expect to find another job within the next 6 months. This is based on employee's current job satisfaction, their fear of being fired, their need to find new personal challenges and confidence in finding a job elsewhere.

The mobility index for Greece decreased 3 points to 104 for 4th quarter. Globally the mobility index decreased 2 points from 110 to 108 this quarter.

Fear of job loss increases
When asked how likely the respondents find the possibility of losing their job or the chance that their contract will not be extended within the next six months, 40% responded that it is highly likely, an increase of 1% since Q3 2016. Of the employees in Greece surveyed, females were found to have the highest level of fear of job loss at 44%, whilst males are at 37%. The age group with the highest fear of job loss is noted in the 25 - 34 age bracket. Those who classified themselves as middle educated have the highest fear of job loss at 40%.

Q4 2016 Fear of job loss by country


Job satisfaction

According to survey findings, in Greece, job satisfaction increased by 2% since last quarter, now at 63%. The most satisfied age group is the 55-67 age bracket (79%), followed by the 18-24 age bracket (75%). 64% of the females surveyed in Greece were satisfied with their job whilst 62% of males indicated this. Those that indicated that they had a high education level had the highest job satisfaction at 65%.

Appetite to change jobs

The number of people in Greece looking for a new job increased by 4% to 35% in Q4 2016. The highest number of new job seekers can be found in the 25-34 age bracket with 42%. 39% of the females surveyed indicated they were seeking a new job and 32% of males.

Appetite of job change by country 



Actual Job change

The percentage of employees that actually changed jobs in the last six months remains static at 19% since last quarter. The 25-34 age group bracket (29%) had the highest rates of actual job change. The results also reveal that slightly more male respondents (19%) as opposed to females (18%) changed jobs. From an educational perspective those that indicated they were highly educated (25%) were the group that had the most job changes.

A complete press report, including detailed regional differences, is available on: Randstad Workmonitor Survey


The Randstad Workmonitor

The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in 2003, and now covers 33 countries around the world, encompassing Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time.

The Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures expectations surrounding the likelihood of changing employers within a six month time frame, provides a comprehensive understanding of job market sentiments and employee trends. In addition to measuring mobility, also employee satisfaction and personal motivation, as well as a rotating set of themed questions are part of the survey.

The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The sample size in Greece was 405 interviews, using Survey Sampling International. Research for the second wave in 2016 was conducted between 26 October to 9 November 2016.

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