Employment Outlook: Italy

Employment Outlook , Europe Dec 02, 2016 No Comments

Slow economic growth, high youth unemployment challenge Italy’s future.

By Mary Anne Thompson, founder and president, Goinglobal, Inc.

Italy’s overall unemployment rate stands at 11.5 percent, but for younger Italians, that statistic is much higher; the most educated in the country’s history, Italy’s young adults are likely to find only temporary work or no work at all. Older workers, many looking to retire soon, enjoy permanent, stable jobs with pensions and benefits.

Since the Great Recession, Italy’s employment and economic growth has been slow and uncertain, but it does exist and will continue, according to experts.

According to the most recent Antal Global Survey, the most active hiring in Italy in the near future will be in:

• Hospitality
• Accounting
• Information technologies
• Security services

Talent Shortages

According to the latest Manpower survey of Italian companies, the top ten hardest-to-fill jobs in Italy are:

1. Skilled trades
2. Technicians
3. Accounting and finance staff
4. Drivers
5. Teachers
6. Sales managers
7. IT personnel
8. Sales representatives
9. Restaurant and hotel staff
10. Project managers

In the coming months, talent shortages will prevail in:

• Marketing and communication
• Biotech
• Engineering

Skills in Demand

Employers in Italy are seeking candidates who are highly motivated and adaptable, as well as possess international work experience. Approximately 80 percent of Italian employers value professional experience as the most important element when hiring new staff, followed by 11 percent who highlight the importance of a relevant degree of study.

Language skills are critical. In addition to Italian and English, employers want candidates who can speak German, French or Spanish.


Italy has many challenges, but there are reasons to hope the economic and employment situation is improving, as the country seeks to fill positions and search for needed talent.

Check out the full article for more on Italy’s employment outlook.


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Mary Anne Thompson

Mary Anne Thompson founded GoinGlobal, Inc. more than two decades ago as a result of her own experiences job hunting in Sweden. She believes that to uncover the real job opportunities, you need the experience and personal insights of trained local specialists. Mary Anne continues to be an active CEO who shares her strategies and insights directly with clients to help them strategically maximize GoinGlobal’s unique resources.

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