Almost one in five employees in Greece, or 18.8 pct, works in a job that can be done entirely remotely, according to a study commissioned by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) and unveiled on Thursday. According to the same study, however, Greece ranks 19th among the 27 EU member-states for the percentage of remote workers, which stands at 7 pct, though this has jumped from just 1.9 pct in 2019.
The 734,667 workers in this group include office staff, financial sector employees and others. Another 38.8 pct of Greek employees (1,517,643) can partially do their jobs online, in areas such as sales, engineering and others, while 42.4 pct can only do their jobs in person (drivers, machine operators etc).
According to another study by Eurofound in July 2020, meanwhile, teleworking percentages had shot up to exceed 50 pct in several countries, while in Greece they stood at 30 pct.
“Despite the fact that telework increased during the pandemic, the real potential is even greater and is in step with the digital transformation of businesses. Many businesses are already assessing the possibilities of a transition, after the pandemic, to a hybrid model that combines telework with the physical presence of employees,” SEV said.