Temporary agency work, migration and the crisis in Greece: labour market segmentation intensified

Thanos Maroukis

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This article focuses on the under-researched temporary agency employment in Greece. It shows that the development of the temporary employment agency sector has gone hand in hand with the flow of undocumented and exploitable migrant labour in Greece over the past 25 years, reflecting the segmentation of the Greek labour market along ethnic lines. Using empirical research evidence on the operation of temporary employment agencies in the Greek hospitality and health care sectors, the article highlights the precarious or even illicit nature of agency employment in a context in which labour outsourcing and flexible employment are promoted by policy-makers. Last but not least, it suggests that the segmented landscape of the Greek labour market has become more complex during the economic crisis, with more and more Greeks drawn to agency-mediated precarious employment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalTransfer : European Review of Labour and Research
Issue number2
Early online date11 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


  • crisis
  • health care
  • hospitality
  • labour market segmentation
  • migration
  • Temporary agency work
  • temporary employment agency


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