Working in Turin

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Updated 2020-06-02 14:40

As with many cities in Italy’s industrial north, Turin has weathered the impacts of the global economic crisis more than most other Italian cities. Despite the crisis, however, employees in Turin generally enjoy a higher income than the rest of the country, and while living costs are higher than in smaller towns, they are significantly lower than in other big cities such as Milan and Rome.

Turin has always been a favourite destination for expats, with its appealing combination of industry (based on the automotive, agro-industry, electronics, and tourism) as well as its promotion of the arts (renowned for galleries, museums, architecture, and dance). It is one of the world's 100 richest cities by purchasing power. It is also home to a wealth of multi-million European companies and hosts many national corporate and industrial headquarters, including Fiat, Lavazza, Ferrero, and Italy's national Television network, Rai.


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

Types of jobs available in Turin

Competition is high for jobs in Turin, as with much of Italy, but it is possible to find work. If you have experience in the finance or corporate sector, Turin may well be for you. As a result of its domestic and international business, Turin is ranked the third strongest economy in Italy. Start your search by looking for job vacancies at the big brands and banks, including Lavazza, Ferrero, Barilla, UniCredit, and Telecom Italia.

Like Milan, Turin is also home to a vibrant start-up community, with over 300 innovative start-ups and a network which brings together digital innovation and industrial production. Its strong industrial tradition makes it a popular destination for individuals seeking to set up a business, along with its comparable cheaper living costs to other major cities like Rome and Milan, and its close proximity to most major European cities.

As with other large Italian cities, teaching English as a foreign language is a popular path for expats in Turin. Positions as an ESL teacher for both private and 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 Turin and contact them directly. The British Council also offers opportunities to relocate with their language assistance programmes.

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Turin's large number of universities also means that there are always students seeking English tutoring.

Where to look for jobs

LinkedIn provides a useful starting point for looking for jobs in Turin, as well as other popular job sites like Monster, Jobrapido, and Glassdoor. You could also consult the classified ads in outlets such as The Local, La Stampa, and E Polis Torino.

You should also consider signing up to employment and recruitment agencies in Turin such as Synergie Italia and Agenzia Piemonte Lavoro, or multinational agencies such as Michael Page.


Expats wishing to work in Turin will need to produce a valid passport in order to seek work. They will also need to obtain a tax code and a Permesso di Lavoro (more information in our guide to long-term visas ' add link). 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:

The Local
TEFL jobs in Italy
ESL Base-Italy
The British Council

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