This paper reports on the problems faced by the teaching profession in Greece based on a survey of those in training. Nearly 50% of the primary school teachers in the country are waiting to be employed. Teachers' salaries are significantly lower than salaries in other occupations, including construction work. There is dissatisfaction in the teaching profession; however, given the country's economic situation, few teachers are prepared to change employment. The above findings are discussed in the context of policy options designed to end the backlog of unappointed teachers and to signal prospective entrants to the profession that their employment opportunities will be limited in the fixture.