Labor market in Italy


It is important to inquire on Italy's labor market before moving these as finding a job will definitely be one of your priorities.

Italy is a popular expat destination across the globe. However, the country has one of the world's highest unemployment rate, although numerous opportunities are available there. In fact, unemployment rate stood at 12.7% in December 2013. But it is important to note that women and more than 64 years people remain an active workforce. Thus, whatever you age, you are likely to be hired in various sectors if you have the required competencies and skills, as well as a good command of the Italian language.

Labor market

The Italian labor market is divided into two sections: the North and the South. The North mainly offers full time jobs while the South mostly consists of undeclared or secondary jobs. Italy's main recruiting sectors are, namely, engineering, technical, catering, teaching, administration, information and communication technology, management, accounting, customer care, call centers, tourism, etc. In fact, these sectors seem to have been spared by the recent job crisis.

Find a job

There are various ways to find a job in Italy. You can start your search well before moving, on the Internet. If you are already on the spot, you can check out classified ads in local newspapers such as Corriere della Sera or La Stampa or even seek the assistance of a hiring agency.

 Liens utiles:
Job Rapido
Linked In


There is neither a minimum wage in Italy, nor paid holidays. In fact, Italy is the European country with the lowest monthly income, that is some 1,100 to 1,200 euros monthly. But collective agreements allow the setting out of wages. Each employee contributes 10% of his salary to the Italian social security scheme. Moreover, employees are eligible to work at the age of 15.

 Good to know:

Employees are legally entitled to a 40 hours working week in Italy, that is a maximum of 10 hours daily and 48 hours per week. As for night shifts, you will be required to work from 10 pm to 5 am the next day. Employees are also eligible to one or two days off per week.

Regarding yearly leaves, employees are entitled to a minimum of 8 days per year. But this can be extended to 4 weeks. However, the duration of holidays may vary according to your profession and your working contract.

Finally, you can retire at the age of 65, that is after at least 25 working years.

Recommend Your favourite team
Member since 01 June 2008
Small earth, Mauritius
Write a comment

See also

Finding a temporary job in Rome can be quite easy, according to the kind of job you are looking for. Permanent jobs, on the other hand, are rather rare.
Turin is one of the most important Italian cities, also known to be the country's economic center. Its economy focuses mainly on tourism, agro-industry...
Milan is known to be Italy's economic center, being not only a trade point, but also a financial, industrial and educational region.
You can start searching for a job even after reaching Italy. For this, you will have to obtain required work permits.
Florence is one of the most popular Italian expat destinations. With a rich historical heritage, it also offers various professional opportunities.

Questions and answers about the labor market

Ask your question
Your best business development ideas in Italy
By Priscilla
Looking for jobs - please help
By Christopherjserena

Expatriate health insurance in Italy

Free advice and quotation service to choose an expat health insurance in Italy

Moving to Italy

Find tips from professionals about moving to Italy

Travel insurance in Italy

Enjoy a stress-free travel across Italy

Flights to Italy

Find the best prices for your flight tickets to Italy