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After we have written a post telling a bit more about how much costs to live in Italy, many people got in touch with us asking about work in Italy. At that time, we didn’t really know. We were not long enough in the country and had never really looked for work in order to have a proper opinion about this topic. However, now that we are approaching our first anniversary in Italian soil, we feel a little more secure to talk about the job market in Italy.

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Riva del Garda, at Garda Lake

First of all, we would like to make it clear that this post is based on our experiences, opinions of Italian friends and people we know, as well as a lot of research. The idea is that this post helps you somehow in your search, though it should not be taken as an absolute truth. After all, there is no absolute truth about such a relative topic, which diverts from one person to another, or from region to region. If you do have any story or advice to share, get in touch with us and we might add to this post. The more information and opinions, the better. In that way, this might even turn to be a small collaborative guide 😉

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 Can you get a job in Italy?

Let’s begin with the basic: the current situation in Italy is quite complicated. Not trying to discourage anybody, but what we realise in here is that is really difficult even for Italians. The problem is not really the lack of jobs, but the total precariousness of the job market.

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Bologna’s city centre

The labour reform that happened here after the 08 crisis (which is very similar to the one recently approved in Brazil), has left many workers  not cared for, therefore the current situation is of lots of uncertainties. Most of the employers offer short term contracts, which can last up to one week! That’s right, ONE WEEK. We have a friend, for instance, who has his contract renewed on a weekly basis. How do you think this person sleeps at night, thinking that next week can be his last with a job? And if not one week, it’s one month or no more than three. In short, it’s not easy.

That doesn’t mean it is impossible though, and with a few tips and information we are going to help you get around this situation! Don’t worry, the bad news was given first. From now on, the post will just get better!

What are the best areas to look for work in Italy?

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A bar in Corniglia, one of the Cinque Terre

From what we have perceived, the areas in some way connected to hospitality/tourism tend to have more job offers. After all, Italy is on the top 5 countries which most receive tourists in the world. That means, this sector is – it has been for a long time really, and it shall remain – functioning at its best and has always good opportunities. Bars, restaurants, hotels, hostels and so on are always looking for new staff members. Here in Parma, actually, it’s not rare to see notes in bars and restaurants announcing they are looking for someone to hire.

By the way, not many Italians speak English. Therefore, there is a demand, in tourist establishments mainly, for those who speaks more languages. Well, that asks us to talk about another job opportunity in here: English teacher, either private or in schools.

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Venice

The health system also is demanding professionals, such as nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and so forth. We just don’t know how to work to validate your diploma and start working in Italy. We have heard it’s not easy. If you know, tell us!

Other professions with better opportunities are in the fields of mathematics, computing, sales and digital marketing.

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Tips to get a job in Italy

Regardless of your current area of expertise, experience or graduation, some advice can help you to find a job in Italy:

  • Be aware of the seasonal events: For instance, in Parma there is the harvest season for tomatoes, which runs from June to August, when the farms are looking for extra staff. It is important to be organised, as employers normally receive tons of CVs from April. It is three months of guaranteed work and with a good salary. It can be an opportunity to save some money until something more concrete comes up.
  • Head to South Italy during the spring and summer: In the coast region, it usually has lots of job offers during high season. Our advices is to go to one of those cities and make yourself available on the bars, hotels, restaurants and other tourist establishments. Expand your networking to the maximum of people as possible and tell them your situation.

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  • Look for the “Centri per L’Impiegi”: That’s the government body that should – in theory – helps you to look for work. Take your CV to them, explain your situation and hope that they will have something for you. We will not lie, our local friends said it is not really efficient.
  • Look for “Informagiovani” of your town: The InformaGiovani is a free service from the administration of some Italian towns where people can offer and look for offers of any kind, such as jobs, courses, houses and so forth, either online or in a brick and mortar location. Once a month, we pass in front of the InformaGiovani of Parma to put up our offer of English and Portuguese teacher – and it has been working.
  • End of year’s festive holidays: During Christmas, as in most places in the world, it has many job offers for high street branches.
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Tiago in Milan

  • Work during the Winter Season: Italy has many mountainous cities, with ski resorts and other winter activities. As the south is packed during summer, the north attracts many tourists during the winter, and therefore more workers too.

Websites to help you search for work in Italy:

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Duomo di Milano

Here are some good websites to look for jobs in Italy – and other things too.

  • Infojobs: one of the largest job seeking websites in Italy
  • Linkedin: Linkedin is a great opportunity to connect with other workers and companies as well as staying tuned with the latest vacancies in many different areas.
  • Bakeca: to offer/look for work, house, car, services and products.
  • Kigigi: the website is part of Ebay and has many job offers, products, services, courses and many more.
  • Trovalavoro.it: search and offer of jobs

Which Italian cities have more opportunities to work?

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Milan’s city centre

In any part of the world, the larger the city, the higher the chance of getting hired, isn’t it? But also, they are normally more expensive too. Therefore, you might put on a balance expenses x earnings and see for yourself if it is worth going there.

Some cities in Italy that have better infrastructure and job opportunities are: Rome, Milan, Bologna, Firenze, Bergamo, Turin and Naples. The web site Job Your Life.com also mentions a research from 2015 where they classify the cities of Treviso, Vicenza, Cuneo, Macerata, Modena and Varese as good for job offers.

Do you need to speak Italian to work in Italy?

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Lost at Lago di Garda

That’s a yes. It’s not going to be impossible to find something without speaking Italian. But, in a country which the current situation is not the best, you will be at great disadvantage not speaking the local language. If your level of English is great, for instance, a good way around is to search for work in multinational companies or startups, where the spoken language is actually English.

On our post How much cost to live in Italy we have already mentioned it, but never too much to repeat it: Rai makes available Italian courses for free. Furthermore, in most cities, it is possible to find classes of Italian for free too, organised by independent associations or by the government.

*Also, read Do you need to speak English to travel?

Can you find a job in Italy if you are there irregularly?

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

People asks us this all the time and it is a complicated situation. First of all, we say don’t come to Italy illegally, because the most you will get is a cash-in-hand contract, risking not getting paid at all, with the worst conditions and still risking of being caught. In short, your life, but living in Italy without regular papers must not be easy.