Manpower Employment Organization

The Structure of OAED

OAED consists of its Central Administration, seven Regional Directorates, and 121 local Public Employment Services, also known as Employment Promotion Centres (KPA2).

OAED’s Central Administration comprises three General Directorates (A – General Directorate of Manpower; Β – General Directorate of Support; C – General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training), which direct and coordinate work within their respective fields of competence.
The field of competence of the Directorates and Services belonging to the General Directorate of Manpower is related to issues regarding the implementation of the government policy on the employment of the country’s manpower.
The field of competence of the Directorates and Services belonging to the General Directorate of Support is related to issues regarding the support provided to the work of the various OAED units.
The field of competence of the Directorates belonging to the General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training comprises actions for the development of manpower, such as vocationally oriented education (Apprenticeship) and training.
The executive branches responsible for the implementation of the official decisions made by OAED’s Μanagement are the Regional Directorates and the local PES, as well as OAED’s Educational Institutions, namely its 51 Vocational Schools (EPAS), 31 Institutes of Vocational Training (IEK) and Vocational Training Centres (KEK).

OAED also comprises the Regional Directorates of the following areas: 1) Attica, 2) East Macedonia, 3) Central and West Macedonia, 4) Thessaly, 5) Epirus, 6) Peloponnesus, 7) Crete.
The Regional Directorates are responsible for issues of Administration, Finance, Social Insurance, Employment, Supplies, and Vocational Guidance concerning the Services within their field of competence.

3. Local PES (KPA2)
The local PES, formerly known as KPA, were merged with OAED’s Local Services in order to form a unified local Public Employment Service: the KPA2. These new local PES (KPA2) constitute an organizational innovation that has significantly improved the quality of the services offered to the unemployed by saving valuable administrative time and by efficiently reorganizing the employees’ work. Indeed, the local PES have placed the citizen at the very heart of OAED’s services. The services offered by the local PES both to the unemployed and to the employers have been markedly upgraded, since they now provide unified employment and social insurance services as “one-stop-shops”. The difference made lies in the fact that OAED, as a service provider, is now more efficient, quicker, and more accessible to the citizens thanks to the fact that its main services are provided within one and the same place:

  • Personalized approach, counselling, and job placement;
  • Payment of benefits and other social security allowances;
  • Implementation and management of Active Labour Market Policies and programmes.

This structural change enables each PES to operate locally in a strategic and regulative manner within a decentralized decision-making framework. Given that the local PES ultimately aim at ensuring a harmonious coexistence and consequent connection of active (KPA) and passive labour market policies (LS) in the context of developing the network’s premises and improving its current structures (expansion, change of premises), the co-housing of employment and social insurance services was actively promoted wherever possible.
Today, the network of 119 employment structures comprises 118 local PES (KPA2) and one Local Service (L.S.) in Aghios Andreas, Patras.
The operation of the local PES (KPA2) is coordinated by the Directorate of Local PES Network Coordination.
It is also to be noted that the unification of OAED’s Public Employment Services (DYA) into one-stop-shops has been an EU requirement resulting from (i) the financing terms set by the European Social Fund (ESF) for the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” (OPHRD) and (ii) the joint statement made on April 6, 2009 by (the Europeαn Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities) Vladimir Spidla and the Greek Ministry of Labour.
Finally, there are also 6 Employment Offices for Special Social Groups (in Athens, Thessalonica, Larissa, Volos, Patras, and Herakleion-Crete) aiming to integrate into the labour market population groups at risk of social exclusion:

  • People with disabilities
  • Ex-convicts
  • Ex-drug addicts
  • Young delinquents or people at social risk
  • Other vulnerable social groups.