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Nine of the best websites to search for jobs in Italy

If you’re looking for your next job in Italy or are new to the country and looking for employment, here are some of the best websites to help you in your search.

Nine of the best websites to search for jobs in Italy
Whether you're looking at careers in Milan or seasonal jobs on the Italian coast, there's no shortage of websites to help with your search. Photo by Andrey Andreev on Unsplash

Italy isn’t known for its excellent employment prospects, but it’s not impossible to find a decent job here – particularly if you’re planning to move for family reasons or the lifestyle and simply want to be able to support yourself.

Depending on the sector, you may also be able to find a position that advances your career as, like elsewhere, there’s high demand for certain types of highly-skilled professionals.

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Either way, finding a job will be one of the most important things you’ll need to do when you first arrive in Italy, or before, but figuring out where to start can be daunting when you’re in a new country. It can also be a challenge when you’ve lived here for several years and are looking to improve your prospects.

As always, we’ve got you covered at The Local. If you find yourself getting stuck looking at the same old job sites, you may want to check out the suggestions below.

The Local Jobs

Did you know that at The Local we also have our own job site? You can find it under the ‘jobs’ tab at the top of the homepage and browse positions in Italy including in education, software engineering, sales and customer service.

Most of the job descriptions are written in English too, so it’s one of the best places to look if your Italian is not quite up to scratch yet.

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

Pictured are office workers.

Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash

InfoJobs

InfoJobs is the biggest job search portal in Italy in terms of views and number of job offers. It’s the best place to start when searching for a job here, with general job listings of thousands of vacancies across the country and across various industries.

It’s straightforward to use and allows you to set various filters when searching, including work-from-home and hybrid positions.

LinkedIn

One of the most comprehensive jobs sites out there, LinkedIn is of course one of the most popular places to search for jobs worldwide, not just in Italy.

You can select the search terms for the jobs you want, as well as preferred locations. As many of you are probably already aware, LinkedIn is not only used for searching for jobs, but for making professional connections and putting your CV online so that potential recruiters can search you out too.

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Indeed

Indeed allows you to search through thousands of jobs online to find your next career move and has several tools to help you, such as with improving your CV. 

One of the best aspects of it is it features thousands of opinions from users and candidates who have already had the experience of working for the same company or have already been through the interview process.

Trovolavoro

Literally meaning ‘I find work’, this job site comes up as lavoro.corriere.it in searches as it’s part of leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera’s website.

It’s another big general job board, and among the most popular in Italy, though this time most listings will be in Italian.

Cliccalavoro.it

This Italian job search portal promises to help you “find a job in a click”, and the search function is simple and intuitive. The site highlights new jobs every day and also allows employers to post job ads for free.

Jobs in Milan

Milan is by far the most popular Italian city for foreign nationals to move to in search of a job, and for good reason. The northern economic capital has more vacancies available in a larger variety of industries, and is usually the first place to look for highly-skilled and knowledge-based work.

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This site does what it says on the tin and specialises in helping you find a job in Milan and the surrounding area. It’s available in English and allows you to search jobs by language, as well as other filters – and there are usually plenty of jobs available requiring English language skills.

LavoroTurismo

LavoroTurismo is the specialist site you need if you’re looking for a job in the hospitality sector. It features permanent jobs as well as short-term positions, as Italy needs large numbers of seasonal staff for its hotels, resorts, beach clubs, bars, restaurants and more.

You can upload your CV and see jobs requiring applicants to speak Italian, English, French, Russian and other languages.

Reteinformaticalavoro

Skilled IT professionals are in demand in Italy as elsewhere, and this specialist jobs board aims to match companies in this sector with the qualified professionals looking for job opportunities.

Good luck with your job search – and please let us know in the comments section below if there are any other useful websites you’d recommend.

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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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