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Unsurprisingly, Rome is one of the most popular destinations in Italy to relocate to. The allure of culture, world-class food, and an appealing climate makes it a favourable destination for many, and with the second highest average income in Italy, it’s no wonder expats flock here. Like much of Italy, the global economic crisis had a huge impact on Rome, although employment levels are slowly picking up again. So don’t be disheartened – while it may be harder to find work in Rome than in previous decades, it is still possible.


A good command of the Italian language is almost always a necessity unless otherwise specified.

Types of jobs available in Rome

Given Rome’s status as one of Italy’s largest finance and business hubs, jobs in the services sector such as finance, banking, real estate, and consultancy are plentiful. In fact, the services sector makes up to around 48% of Rome’s GPD, while industry makes up around 35%, public administration makes up around 13%, and agriculture makes up just 4%. Rome is home to a number of multinational corporations, including the United Nations of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Enel.

As a prime tourist destination, there is high demand for catering staff, tour guides, and hotel staff. In these industries, bilingual English speakers, particularly those with another language such as French, Japanese, or Russian, will be looked upon favourably.

Rome is also home to a number of prestigious scientific and cultural institutions, making it a popular destination for those with experience in heritage.

As with other large Italian cities, teaching English as a foreign language is a popular path for expats in Rome. Positions as an ESL teacher for both private and public language schools can be found online on websites like TEFL jobs in Italy. Use the ESL Base-Italy to search for lists of language schools based in Rome and contact them directly. The British Council also offers opportunities to relocate with their language assistance programmes.

Where to look for jobs in Rome

LinkedIn provides a useful starting point for looking for jobs in Rome, as well as other popular job sites like Indeed, Monster, Jobrapido, and Glassdoor. Rome specific websites such as Wanted in Rome and Job in Rome also provide a range of vacancies, from seasonal role to Engineering Services Managers.

You should also consider signing up to recruitment agencies in Rome such as Porta Futuro and Adecco.


Expats wishing to work in Rome 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 that if you are a citizen of an EU country, you will not need to obtain a work visa, although 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:

The Local
TEFL jobs in Italy
ESL Base-Italy
The British Council
Job in Rome
Wanted in Rome
International Fund for Agricultural Development

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