Work in Italy
Italy offers an array of industries in which to work, with the North and South specialising in widely different sectors. Find out how to navigate the job market
Job market in Italy
Networking through friends and family is generally considered the best way to find a job.
Speaking Italian will also improve your job chances, and locals are known to be friendly and helpful in assisting with language learning.
In Italy industry prospers in the North, where an abundance of private companies have an international presence. Fashion, car manufacturing, tourism and the food and drink industry are the prominent sectors.
The South is more concerned with agriculture and farming, which has declined in recent years.
There are plenty of seasonal jobs in the summer, such as fruit picking and outdoor work, with more opportunities usually available in the North.
English teachers are in high demand in Italy and this type of work is readily available. Qualifications are preferable but it is possible to find work without. For more information, go to TEFL.com .
Unless a company helps to arrange visas and accommodation before you arrive, finding work when you are in Italy will be easier as you can begin networking and making contacts directly with people, wherever you decide to look for work.
Search for jobs in Italy at:
• Stepstone Italy
• EURES Job Search
Work experience and internships in Italy
The Leonardo da Vinci Programme works with organisations in other countries to deliver vocational training. Contact your university’s international office for more information.
Internships and summer work placements for students can also be arranged by:
• AIESEC UK – for students and recent graduates;
• IAESTE UK – for science, engineering and applied arts students.
Volunteering in Italy
Voluntary work is a great way to build your skill-set and learn a new language. It will help to have some money saved before you set off as the vast majority of voluntary positions are unpaid.
Volunteering looks great on your CV and gives you the chance to network and build contacts.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) , funded by the European Commission (EC), is a scheme aimed at people aged 18 to 30 wishing to volunteer abroad. It offers young people the chance to volunteer for up to 12 months in a number of European and non-European countries.
Opportunities vary from placements concerned with sport and culture to others focused on social care and the environment.
For successful applicants, accommodation, travel, food and insurance are all covered by a European grant and you even receive a personal allowance each month.
Make sure you thoroughly research all volunteering opportunities and always check the terms and conditions before committing yourself to a scheme.
Large sections of the population don’t speak English, despite young Italians starting to speak the language more widely and fluently. Nearly all jobs will require you to speak Italian to a high level.
Locals working in tourism and in major towns and cities will speak English but less so in rural areas. There are Italian language courses in the UK and many good websites exist to help you learn a language or improve your skills. To get the ball rolling and learn the basics visit BBC Languages – Italian .
Italian visas and immigration
According to the EC, European Union (EU) citizens have the right to:
• move to another EU country to work without a work permit;
• enjoy equal treatment with nationals in access to employment, working conditions and all other social and tax advantages;
• stay in the country even after employment has finished.
For more information and to check what conditions and restrictions apply see:
• European Commission – Free Movement EU Nationals
• Europa – Work-Related Rights
• Europa – Workers and Pensioners
Official governmental information on visas can be found at British Embassy in Italy .
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