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Where are the available workers?

Office clerks, managers and unskilled jobs are the profiles currently least sought by enterprises.

‘EXCELSIOR informa’ bulletin – Q2 2017

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Where are the available jobs?

Between September and November 2017, enterprises plan to make available about 996 000 jobs (including permanent and fixed-term contracts, seasonal contracts, agency contracts and freelance collaboration contracts). Difficulties in finding suitable staff are unchanged from the previous survey, at 24.3% of planned recruitment for the period September to November (the previous figure was 24.2%). Planned recruitment of young people under 30 is 359 000, or 36% of the total, up by 34% from the previous survey period. Technical professions (science, engineering and production) are those hardest to cover with suitable candidates (almost 50% of positions are hard to fill). Hotel and restaurant services, advanced business support services and trade are the sectors offering the largest number of job openings to young people under 30.

‘EXCELSIOR informa’ bulletin – Q2 2017

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Short overview of the labour market:

Some italian data


63 millions

12,8 millions (20%) young people (15-34 years)

Unemployment rate


31,7% (15-24 years)

16% (25-34 years)

Occupation rate: 55,7% ,  69,5%  services, 26,9% industry, 3,6% agriculture


Middle Education Level: 93% (Secondary School)

University Degrees: 20%

Key Economic Activity sectors

Fashion &  luxury


Large distribution

Pharmacy &  Medical services

Industry 4.0

Transports & logistic

Industrial  equipments

Natural beauty treatments & SPA Wellness


Italian labour market

Sectors for possible recruitment in Italy


Hospitality & restaurant

Health care

Particularly  excellence in the following sectors

Video games

Civil & Industrial Engineering

Pharmaceutical Industry & Clinical Research

Health care

Metal transformation

Mechanical & Aerospatial Industry



Shortage of staff in helath sector (nurses & some specialized doctors) , but possible surplus of pharmacists , physiotherapists & other health care profiles.

Shortage of particular  new skills:  industry  4.0  and ICT specialized workers


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Short overview of the labour market

In the second quarter of 2017, Italy’s economy recorded a GDP growth of 0.4% quarter-on-quarter and of 1.5% year-on-year. Consolidation of the expansion of economic activity, especially strong in industrial production and in services, was accompanied by a growth in labour demand by the expanding production system, confirming that the current economic recovery is labour-intensive.

As regards labour supply, in the second quarter of 2017 employment showed new quarterly growth due to the increase in employed workers (+0.9%), in more than eight cases out of 10 under fixed-term contracts (+4.8%). The employment rate grew by 0.2% compared with the previous quarter. The latest monthly figures (July 2017) show, on a seasonally adjusted basis, an increase in workers (+0.3% compared with June), including both employed and self-employed workers.

Between the second quarter of 2017 and the same period of the previous year, the number of workers grew (+0.7%) only in respect of employed workers (+356 000, +2.1%), more than three quarters of whom were on fixed-term contracts. In absolute terms, the increase was strongest for full-time workers, while part-time work increased mostly as a voluntary option. The rise in employment concerned both genders and all areas, but was strongest for women and in the north of the country.

The unemployment rate fell by 0.4% from the previous quarter and by 0.6% from the previous year; the decrease was strongest for youth unemployment. In July 2017, the unemployment rate rose by 0.2% while the inactivity rate among 15-64 year-olds dropped by 0.3%.

Overall, the transfers from fixed-term to permanent employment continued to decline (from 24.3% to 16.5%). While the overall transition from unemployment to employment declined (-3.1%), the move from unemployed to fixed-term employment increased (+0.9%). For the potential labour force, the strongest increase was in the rate of those moving to unemployment (from 18.5% to 21.3% in 12 months).

With regard to businesses, the increase in labour demand continued, up by 1.1% on the previous quarter, as an aggregate figure covering growth in both industry and services. The rate of vacant positions rose by 0.1% on the previous quarter. In quarterly terms, salaries dropped by 0.1% and social security contributions by 0.5%, resulting in an overall decrease of the cost of labour of 0.2%.

ISTAT ‘The labour market’ Q2 2017 – 12/09/2017

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Hot jobs:

Top 10 of the most required occupations in Italy

1.    Technicians and associate professionals    (ISCO 3)
2.    Clerical support workers    (ISCO 4)
3.    Draughtspersons    (ISCO 3118)
4.    Information and communications technology operations and user support technicians    (ISCO 351)
5.    Financial and mathematical associate professionals    (ISCO 331)
6.    Information and communications technology professionals    (ISCO 25)
7.    Waiters and bartenders    (ISCO 513)
8.    Business and administration associate professionals    (ISCO 33)
9.    Managers    (ISCO 1)
10.  Fitness and recreation instructors and program leaders    (ISCO 3423)


-Technicians involved in the organization and control of production
-Technicians of accommodation and similar activities
(Food and beverage assistant, reservations coordinator, Maître, Hall manager)
-Technicians of the organization of fairs, conventions and similar
-Travel agents
-Guides and specialized guides
-Managers and managers of small businesses in hotels and public establishments
-Catering staff and public exercises
-Cooks in hotels and restaurants: (Cookery service organization, Cook help, Help pizza maker, Chef, Kitchen commis, Cook, Pastry chef, Gastronome, Pizza chef)
-Waiters and similar: (Bar-restaurant attendant, Company restaurant service attendant, Catering service staff, Cafeteria counters, Waiter, Waiter on the floors, Waiter of the bar, Waiter on board, Waiter waiter, Commis di sala bar, Sommelier)
Baristas and similar: (Bar service attendant, Pastry banker, Barista, Gelataio)

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