Finding work in Milan

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Updated 2019-05-29 08:52

Historically, Milan has always been Italy's powerhouse, renowned for its fashion, design industries, and service sector, particularly banking and finance. Despite the global economic recession, it is still one of the most significant 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, especially compared to the other cities in Italy. More information regarding the cost of living is available on Numbeo.

Types of jobs available

Many international and national companies are located in Milan. This region is, in fact, home to brands like Alfa Romeo and Campari Group. Milan gives a great emphasis on the banking and finance industry, and therefore, it hosts all of the world-renowned service firms like IBM, Microsoft, Google, Deloitte, and JP Morgan. These companies regularly recruit for expat roles.

Milan is also famous for its fashion and design and houses the headquarters of many fashion powerhouses like Versace, Armani, Gucci. It offers good opportunities for those qualified for this industry. The broad range of opportunities that this field offers include marketing and advertising jobs.

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Knowing the local language can be highly beneficial for any job. There are many opportunities to learn Italian, like following a course at a private school, or some more convenient options like following lessons by Comune di Milano, available in every neighbourhood. Additional languages, like English, are an important asset, as it is still a very low point even for Italians in Milan.

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. There are teaching opportunities at some elementary schools and even some schools that are further slightly further from the city, like Language Leader and World Bridge.

Since 2016, Milan has become a destination for startups. 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. The startup culture is especially important for young and innovative graduates who seek for professional experience.

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 Jobs in Milan, The Local, Cambio Lavoro,, or Milanozine.

Besides, all Italian universities have their own list of openings offered by companies which collaborate with the university. They are reserved only for the students and provide a wide range of internships, known as stage curriculare (required by the university) or stage non-curriculare, that is the first most important step in starting a career.

There are also plenty of job-related magazines like Secondamano, Bollettino del Lavoro,,, Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, and Bollettino Ufficiale della Regione Lombardia. It is important to watch out fraudulent ads that publish announcements anonymously and do not indicate the type of work offered. By connecting to the website Agenzia delle entrate or the one of the Camera di Commercio, it is possible to check if a company is real and what it does.

You should also consider signing up to employment and recruitment agencies. Agencies like Iocap, Amrop, and Stanton Chase, Gi Group, Adecco, ManPower are all based in Milan. These agencies also offer some opportunities for jobs and internships organized by them in the field of human resources.

Networking in Milan

Networking is the most important factor in finding a successful job 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 to seek work. They will also need to obtain a Permesso di Lavoro (more information in our guide to long-term visas in Italy)

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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).

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