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The jobs in Italy that will be most in demand in 2023

If you’d love to relocate to Italy but are concerned about employment prospects, here are the jobs the country needs to fill according to a study by LinkedIn.

The jobs in Italy that will be most in demand in 2023
There are job opportunities in Italy if you have the right skills. Photo: Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

One of the biggest challenges for people who want to move to Italy is finding a job that will fit with their existing skills sets, or even help further their careers.

Check out the latest jobs in Italy on The Local’s jobs board here.

It’s easier for EU nationals as they enjoy the freedom of movement to easily live and work in Italy, whereas for third-country nationals getting a job here depends in many cases on the prospective employer not finding a suitable EU candidate for the position.

READ ALSO: How to get an Italian work visa

Italy has a poor reputation when it comes to employment opportunities. A relatively high unemployment rate among those aged 25-29 and poor pay for graduates means young Italians continue to leave the country in their thousands every year in search of positions abroad.

But this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find work in Italy – particularly for more experienced candidates and highly-skilled professionals.

In fact some skills are thought to be so much in demand that they could ensure that you get the job as a foreigner, even if your Italian isn’t up to scratch yet, and even if you need a work visa.

So which specialisms are most sought-after in Italy?

International job search engine LinkedIn has published a list of jobs that according to their data are most in demand in Italy in 2023, with bigger growth over the past five years than any other positions advertised.

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The list features mainly – though not only – tech-related positions, reflecting how the job market is changing.

While many of these jobs may require you to speak Italian, there are some large international companies in Italy, particularly Milan, where it may not be necessary. 

HR, legal and business development specialists may also find opportunities, the data shows.

Here is the list of the top 25 positions available in Italy, including the core skills required for each and the desired amount of experience for candidates according to LinkedIn.

Sales Specialist/Business developer (Addetto allo sviluppo aziendale)

Sales specialists help to improve sales and overall business growth, they are in charge of developing and implementing sales strategy, new client development and the retention of clients or members, among other tasks. 

Required skills: Sales Management, Marketing Strategy, Negotiation

Average years of experience: 2.4

Sustainability consultant (Manager della sostenibilità)

Sustainability consultants are becoming more and more important as the world tries to assess its relationship with the planet and become greener. It’s their job to help businesses become more environmentally responsible. 

Required skills: Sustainable Development, Sustainability Reporting, Consulting

Average years of experience: 3.5

Cybersecurity analyst (SOC analyst or Specialista di sicurezza informatica)

Cybersecurity analysts work in defending a company against cybercrime. They help protect computer networks, both hardware and software from cyber attacks and unauthorised access. Cybersecurity engineers help create software that protects against cyber attacks.  

Required Skills: Cybersecurity, Ethical Hacking, Information Security

Average years of experience: 1.8

Pharmacy manager

Pharmacy managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the pharmacies (farmacie) you’ll see on almost every street in Italy.

Required Skills: Pharmaceutical Sales, Pharmaceuticals

Average years of experience: 3.8 years

Data engineer (Ingegnere dei dati)

Required skills: Apache Spark, Scala, Hadoop

Average years of experience: 3 years

Cloud Architect/Cloud Engineer

Required skills: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Cloud Computing

Average years of prior experience: 13.5 

Machine Learning Engineer (Ingegnere dell’apprendimento automatico)

Required skills: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Data Science 

Average years of experience: 3.3 years

Solutions Engineer

In this role, you’ll work alongside a salesperson to discover a customer’s business challenges and help them create solutions.

Required skills: Cloud Computing, Software Development, Business Intelligence 

Average years of experience: 5 years

Purchasing manager

Purchasing department managers deal with the procurement of goods and services, negotiating with suppliers and defining purchasing strategies and methods. 

Required skills: Supplier Management, Negotiation, E-procurement 

Average years of experience: 3.5

PLC programmer

PLC programmers create and manage application software for industrial plant and machinery driven by programmable logic devices.

: PLC, Automation, Programming

Average years of experience: 2.5

Back-end developer (Sviluppatore back-end)

Back-end developers are coders who work on the content management creation systems behind the running of a website. 

Required skills: Git, Docker, MongoDB 

Average years of experience: 7 years

Partnership manager

Managing relationships with business partners to achieve common goals.

Required skills: Business planning, Marketing strategy, Business development 

Average years of experience: 5.2

Data management consultant (Consulente della gestione dei dati)

Required skills: Machine learning, ETL, Python

Average years of experience: 5.3 years

M&A Consultant (Consulente M&A)

Advising companies regarding the processes of acquisition and merger.

Required skills: Corporate Finance, Due Diligence

Average years of experience: 2.7

DevOps Engineer

A DevOps engineer introduces processes throughout the development of a piece of software from coding right through to the finished product.  

Required skills: Docker Products, Amazon Web Services, DevOps

Average years of experience: 4 years

Robotics Engineer (Ingegnere robotico)

Robotic engineers work on the design, construction and testing of robots in various industries.

Required skills: Robotics, Process Automation, Programming

Average years of experience: 1.6

Legal advisor (consulente legale)

Legal advisors are responsible for providing advice and information to clients on specific legal aspects in certain circumstances or transactions.

Required skills: Legal Aid, Legal Writing, Corporate Law

Average years of experience: 2.7

Human resources specialist (Specialista amministrativo risorse umane)

Human Resources administrators deal with various aspects of personnel management, including the coordination of payroll and holidays.

Required skills: HR Management, Employee Relations, Administration

Average years of experience: 2.9

To see the latest job postings in Italy visit The Local’s jobs board here.

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How many foreigners are overqualified for their jobs in Italy?

Italy is among the European countries struggling with 'brain waste', a situation where immigrants struggle to find suitable full-time work or are overqualified for their roles due to their education not being recognised.

How many foreigners are overqualified for their jobs in Italy?

The findings were part of an investigation by Lighthouse Reports, the Financial Times, El País and Unbias The News, which revealed that most European countries fail to provide good job opportunities to educated foreigners – potentially at the cost of their labour forces and economies.

“While the results differ slightly between labour market outcomes, a consistent pattern emerges: immigrants lag behind natives everywhere, but brain waste is worst in Southern Europe, Norway, and Sweden,” the report read.

READ ALSO: How and why is Italy planning to reform its work visa?

One of the metrics used to measure brain waste was the proportion of foreign residents who were overqualified for their role.

Of all countries studied, Italy recorded the highest number of university-educated immigrants working in roles they were overqualified for.

Some 41 percent of university-educated Italians were overqualified for their job, according to the report, compared to 78 percent of immigrants educated abroad.

One thing to note is that immigrants who obtained their qualifications in Italy were far less likely to be overqualified than those who got their degrees outside of Italy.

For immigrants with a degree from Italy, 51 percent were overqualified. The report didn’t study native Italians with foreign diplomas.

READ ALSO: What jobs can I do in Italy if I don’t speak Italian?

Italy also had the largest number of immigrants working in roles they were overqualified for due to poor Italian language skills, at 86 percent, compared to 61 percent for those proficient in the language.

Although the number was especially high in Italy, the report pointed out that across Europe “immigrants with better language skills have better employment outcomes.”

“In 2021, immigrants with poor host country language skills were over-qualified and under-employed at almost twice the native rate and unemployed at more than double the native rate.”

Employment sectors with the highest rates of overqualified workers in Italy included construction, cleaning and maintenence, retail and care work.

The Lighthouse Reports study noted that the figures for Italy pointed to a systemic problem across the entire labour market, which doesn’t only affect well-educated immigrants.

“Once we look at metrics of brain waste that are not dependent on education, such as under-employment and unemployment, the large gaps in Southern Europe reappear.

“This indicates that these countries struggle to integrate migrants into the labour market in general, not just college-educated migrants,” it read.

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