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Historically, Milan has always been Italy’s powerhouse, renowned for its fashion, design industries, and service sector, particularly banking and finance. The region is home to brands like Alfa Romeo and Campari Group. Despite the global economic recession, the city is still one of the largest finance and business hubs in Europe. It continues to invest heavily in finance and consultancy and is also pioneering investments in new industries like biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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Milan offers some of the highest salaries in the country, but also has a comparatively high cost of living. If you would like to know more about the cost of living, visit NUMBEO to find out more.

Types of jobs available

Many international and national banks are located in Milan, and most large multinational service firms like IBM, Microsoft, Google, Deloitte, and JP Morgan have a presence here. These companies regularly recruit for expat roles.

Milan is also famous for its fashion and design, and houses the headquarters of many designer powerhouses like Versace, Armani, and Gucci, so if you are interested in fashion, and have the right types of skills and qualifications, Milan could be for you.

If you would like to teach English as a foreign language, start by searching on TEFL jobs in Italy or use the ESL Base-Italy for a comprehensive list of language schools in Milan. The British Council also offers opportunities to relocate to Milan with their language assistance programmes.

Since 2016, Milan has become a destination for start-ups. The Growth Decree of 2013 made it easier to found innovative business, and by 2017 there were of 750 startups registered in Milan alone. Use Angel List to find out which startups are based in Milan.

Where to look for jobs in Milan

LinkedIn provides a useful starting point for looking for jobs in Milan, as well as other popular job sites like Indeed, Monster, and Glassdoor. You could also use specific Milan job sites like,, Cambio Lavoro,, or Milanozine.

You should also consider signing up to employment and recruitment agencies. Agencies like Iocap, Amrop, and Stanton Chase are all based in Milan.

Depending on what sector you work in, you might also benefit from networking in groups like the Professional Women’s Association of Milan and the American Business Group Milan and Rome. Use Eventbrite to find networking events which might help you reach out to the right people.


Expats wishing to work in Milan will need to produce a valid passport in order to seek work. They will also need to obtain a Permesso di Lavoro (more information in our guide to long-term visas) Note, if you are a citizen of an EU country, you will not need to obtain a work visa, though you will need a residency permit.

If you are having trouble finding a job, you must register with the Ufficio del Collocamento (your local job centre).

 Useful links:

Stanton Chase
Cambio Lavoro
The British Council
TEFL jobs in Italy
ESL Base-Italy
American Business Group Milan and Rome
Professional Women’s Association of Milan

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