According to the latest Focus Bari survey, twelve months after the start of the pandemic, a considerable proportion of Greeks report that their professional and financial status is currently worse. More specifically:
- 30% of the Greek population state that one year after the pandemic their professional status is worse, while only one out of ten (10%) are found to have a better professional position today versus twelve months ago
- For those whose profession situation has worsened, the main reasons are that their business is under-operating for long periods of time, freelancers report that their business turnover has dropped down, while employees state that they have been suspended from work, work very little, or have been completely fired, because their employers’ operation remains suspended, or closed down completely.
- On the other hand, those who report a better professional status nowadays, have either created new job opportunities, or have acquired new skills, or have more time available to work due to remote working.
- Furthermore, 36% of Greeks report their financial status to be worse than twelve months ago, while only 9% say their financial situation is currently better compared to a year ago.
- The main reasons for those who state a worse financial status are that their income has decreased (75%), that they have to support other family members who have been hit financially by the pandemic, or that they had to face unexpected expenses.
- Finally, for the limited proportion of Greeks who report better financials today versus a year ago, the main reason is that they have cut down on their expenses, as well as the fact that they created new income sources, or they exploited sources they already had.
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