Almost half of workers fear being sacked in near future

Almost half of workers fear being sacked in near future

Four in 10 working Greeks are afraid of losing their jobs, according to the latest Randstad Workmonitor survey for the July-September period of 2016, as 40 percent of men and 39 percent of women consider it very likely that they will be fired or their contract will not be renewed in the next six months.

This form of insecurity soars to 57 percent among young workers (aged between 18 and 24 years), while the fear of job losses is also above the average for those with a lower education level, at 42 percent.

Having hovered around 25 percent for years, Greece has by far the highest unemployment rate in the European Union.

The Randstad Workmonitor survey for the third quarter of the year also focused on gender equality in the workplace: According to Greek respondents, 72 percent of people believe that their employers treat men and women equally. However, only 60 percent believe that both are equally supported when applying for a job or seeking promotion.

Results show there is still gender discrimination in the workplace, with 68 percent of survey participants saying that men are given preferential treatment over women when two candidates have the same qualifications for a job. Eighty percent of respondents believe that preferential treatment for men is too high in Greece.

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