Everything You Need to Know About Working in Italy (2023)

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Italy’s job market might be tough given the country’s unemployment rates. Nonetheless, we show you how to find a job in Italy no matter your field of work. Do keep in mind that speaking Italian may be key for a stable and growing career in the country.

You can expect regular working days from Monday to Friday for most employees. If you are working as self-employed, the benefit of creating your own workdays and hours may be surpassed by the difficulties of setting up a business on your own.

All workers who are registered with social security may enjoy its benefits, be it free public healthcare, pensions, work leave, or benefits in cases of need. Self-employed workers register with a different social security scheme, which means some benefits may not apply to them.

Whether you are self-employed or a salaried worker, you should aim to receive no less than the average salary of 1,800 EUR (1,980 USD) a month.

How to Get a Job in Italy as a Foreigner

In this section, you will find everything you need to know on how to get a job in Italy as a foreigner, from applying for jobs the right way to learning the minimum and average salary, and knowing what it is like to be self-employed in Italy.

We also cover the country’s business culture, to make sure your integration in the country is smooth, as well as introduce you to social security and parental leave and benefits in Italy.

Requirements and Eligibility for Working in Italy

The first thing you should know is whether or not you are eligible to work in the country and what are some of the requirements to do so. While European workers will have very few requirements to get a job in the country, non-European job seekers will first need to find a job so they can apply for a work permit.

Working in Italy as an EU citizen

As mentioned, you don’t need to meet a lot of requirements if you are a European looking to work in Italy. There is no need to obtain special permits, given the EU’s laws on free movement of people.

In general, you will only need a valid ID document or passport, and a tax number, codice fiscale. To get a tax number in Italy, you will need to issue a request with the Agenzia delle Entrate.

Even though you don’t need a work visa or permit to work and live in Italy, you still need to register in the country. You do so by reporting your presence at a police station and filling out the necessary forms and paperwork.

Doing this as soon as you arrive in the country comes in handy if you plan on applying for permanent residence later on—that way, your stay in the country can be registered as early as possible.

Working in Italy as a non-EU citizen

Third-country citizens will need a work visa to be able to work in the country. We cover all the information you need on work requirements and eligibility on the Visas and Work Permits section of this guide.

The first thing you should know is that securing a job in Italy is a priority. This is because your Italian employer will be taking care of most of the visa application process for you. Read on as we guide you through finding and applying for a job in Italy.

Job Opportunities in Italy for Foreigners

You have probably heard that tourism offers many work opportunities for expats in Italy—and you are not wrong. The same goes for teaching, especially if you speak English. However, these are also the most sought-after jobs among expats, and you may find a heavier competition when seeking those vacancies.

There are quite a few job vacancies that Italy cannot seem to fill, and having a look at those first to see if they are a good fit for you could be the easiest way to start.

Industries in Need in Italy

Sectors such as food, technology, mechanical, textile, and chemical are in need of engineers and may have as much as 190,000 vacancies in these coming years. Some traditional work is also short on talent, such as woodworking and weaving.

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If you come from the technology sector, you wouldn’t have trouble finding vacancies for software and app developers, computer equipment designers, or designers of telecommunication systems.

How to Apply for a Job in Italy

There are a few things to consider when it comes to applying for a job in Italy. What is the country-style CV? Will I need a cover letter? What about references from former employers? Read on for answers to all work-related questions about Italy.

Italian-style CV

It is a good idea to know the style of CV that goes around in Italy. That is because recruiters are used to looking and skimming through a certain kind of structure, and you want to up your chances by making their job easier.

Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to handing out a CV in Italy:


  • Do add personal data at the top, such as your name, your contact details, and your date of birth. Add your nationality as well. This is especially important since it will tell your employer whether you are eligible for a work visa. You may include details about your eligibility (e.g., eligible to work in Italy for up to 20 hours a week).
  • Do follow with your professional experience right away. This list should start with your most recent work experience, all the way to your university degree and qualifications.
  • Do apply with a CV in English if this is relevant to your sector or position.
  • Do include language skills, especially if you can speak Italian. Languages are highly valued in general, but knowing Italian is certainly a big plus.


  • Include long references, but do add the name and contact of one or two referees who can attest your character and qualifications.
  • Include a photo, as this is not a requirement. If you choose to do so, make sure the picture is professional, such as a passport-style photo.
  • Add hobbies. These should be kept to a minimum unless they are very relevant to your position or job sector.
  • Hand in a CV longer than two pages, unless the position you are applying for requires a lot of technical details, such as Engineering or Medicine. For most professions, keeping your CV short is key.
  • Follow the European CV template, as this is becoming more and more unpopular in the country.

Cover Letter Tips

While cover letters are essential in some countries, in Italy these depend mostly on the job market and job postings. Even if handing in a cover letter is not part of the requirements, including one always shows you have put in the extra effort and is sure to make you stand out from the crowd.

Interview and Networking Tips

If you have secured an interview with an Italian employer, you will want to know how to navigate a job interview in Italy, to give you a leg up on the competition.

  • You should definitely dress to impress—according to the company’s culture, of course. Do some research to get a sense of what the dress code might be and, when in doubt, aim for more formal rather than casual.
  • Don’t be confused by the Italian way of greeting, with two kisses on the cheek. This is not appropriate for interviews. Stick to a firm handshake and good eye contact that demonstrate confidence.
  • Punctuality is key. You should even aim to be around ten to fifteen minutes early to your appointment.

Whether you have already secured a job or are still looking for that opportunity, networking is essential to your career, and you are going to want to do that in Italy.

There are several ways you can establish professional connections with peers, employers, or clients. You can attend networking events, be present in professional social media such as LinkedIn or ClubIn, and join the many business groups in Italy. Some of the biggest organization are:

  • CNA (National Confederation of Artisans and SMEs)
  • CONFAPI (Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises)
  • Confcommercio
  • Confindustria

You can also rely on InterNations, the largest global community of expats. You can find an InterNations community in Turin, Genoa, Milan, Parma, Verona, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, and Rome, where you can connect to other expats and get acquainted with the job market in Italy.

Minimum Wage and Average Salary

An average salary in Italy is around 1,800 EUR (1980 USD) gross for a 14-months’ salary, which comes down to a net value of 1,500 EUR (1,650 USD) a month.

That means the average annual salary is around 25,200 EUR gross (27,700 USD) or 17,300 EUR (19,000 USD) net. This salary, of course, depends hugely on your qualifications, years of experience, and even the regions where you take up work.

What is the Minimum Wage in Italy?

Italy is among the few countries in Europe that don’t have a minimum wage. Some workers are reported to earn a minimum of 500 EUR (550 USD) a month.

What is a Good Salary in Italy?

A good salary in Italy is one that allows you to live comfortably within the city or region’s cost of living, which we cover in the Living section of this guide. For reference, an employee with a master’s degree and eight to 12 years of experience would earn around 64,000 EUR (70,500 USD) gross a year, or a 33,000 EUR (36,300 USD) net salary.

Below is a list of common job positions and how much they pay.

Job PositionAnnual Salary (EUR/USD)Teacher31,000/34,200Accountant27,000/29,800Nurse25,000/27,600Software Engineer31,000/34,200Architect21,000/23,100Marketing Manager45,000/49,600Product Manager41,000/45,200Web Developer23,000/25,400UX Designer30,000/33,000


If self-employment in Italy is something that interests you, this should help you decide whether or not it is for you. This sub-section covers how you can be self-employed, some of the top self-employed jobs in the country, as well as some of the benefits you are entitled to as a self-employed professional.

How to Be Self-Employed in Italy

The requirements to work in Italy as self-employed will also differ for EU citizens and non-EU citizens. While EU workers can simply enter the country, register with the local authorities, and take up self-employment—provided they follow all the right procedures and requirements for their specific activity—non-EU citizens will first have to apply for a work visa which is subject to a yearly quota.

When you are applying for a visa, you should already know the type of self-employment you want to take up. This could be under one of the following categories:

  • Business owner
  • Corporate Role
  • Start-up
  • Freelancer
  • Sports Activity

After you have submitted your visa application, you will need a provisional clearance from the Questura, the Italian Police Commissary, within 90 days. The second step you need to take is to find the administrative body with the Italian Chamber of Commerce that regulates your field of work. This entity is going to give you a declaration of parametri di riferimento, a document that certifies you are capable of carrying out your work activity without burden to the Italian economy.

Once you have these documents, the immigration office (SUI) and the Provincial Directorate of Labor verify that you are eligible and fit the quota, and can then grant you the work permit.

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Before you get started with any kind of trade, make sure you are registered for taxes by requesting a tax and a VAT number. As a self-employed worker, you will be paying taxes on your income at the same rates as other workers in Italy.

Freelance or Limited Liability Company

By far, the easiest way to take up self-employment is through freelance work.

Registering a limited liability company or joint-stock company requires more investment up-front. For this type of business, you may need to pay corporate tax as well, so to be on the safe side, make sure you consider hiring an accountant if you know you will be setting up shop as a business owner.

Keep in mind that both forms of self-employment require paying income taxes. Make sure you consider how profitable your business can be if you are required to pay corporate taxes, as well.

What are the Top Self-Employed Jobs in Italy?

As for the top self-employed jobs in Italy, these are pretty universal. Besides the type of freelancing and remote work you can do anywhere, the top self-employed jobs are also the most in-demand in the country, such as web and app developers, engineers, teachers, and so on.

Whichever occupation you choose, building a solid network of contacts in your area of expertise is key, if you are planning on being a freelancer, a consultant, or a business owner.

Self-Employed Benefits in Italy

As self-employed, you will need to make regular payments to social security, the Istituto Nazionale di Previdenza Sociale (INPS). This means you are entitled to social security benefits provided you are registered with your corresponding scheme. This includes access to the national healthcare system and other financial protections, such as a pension or employment benefits. You are also protected by INAIL, the National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work in case of an accident, occupational disease, or death in the workplace.

There are, however, some differences between self-employed and employees when it comes to social security benefits and contributions. Unlike employees who pay only one-third of the amount owed to social security (the employee pays the other two thirds), self-employed workers pay the entirety of that amount.

That also means you are responsible for signing up for a mandatory scheme and paying your contributions through the special INPS scheme. These contributions are calculated based on the total income you declare for the purposes of income tax (IRPEF).

Business Culture

Getting to know Italy’s business culture is essential for a successful integration in the workplace. Overall, Italians have a well-balanced working culture when it comes to private life and work. They enjoy spending time with family and pursuing private interests in their own time.

Things You Should Know

  • Your typical work week in Italy is Monday to Friday.
  • Working hours are usually from 8:00 or 9:00 to 18:00 or 19:00, with a one-hour lunch break at around 13:00.
  • The public sector may practice different work hours, which include Saturday.
  • Italian workers are entitled to at least 20 days of paid vacation, but the number could be higher, depending only on the contract.

Workplace Dress Code

As for the workplace dress code, you should remember that Italy is one of Europe’s biggest fashion capitals. Italians have style, and this can reflect on their work dress code as well. Feel free to express some individuality with your attire, so long as you keep it professional and preferably elegant. It is important to stick to more formal attire for first meetings and interviews.

Social Security and Benefits

Having an Italian social security number will guarantee your rights as a resident in the country, whether that is for healthcare, financial aid, or other benefits. This number is the same as your tax number. Both nationals and foreigners can get a social security number in Italy. This number appears on your Tessera Sanitaria, or Carta Nazionale dei Servizi, the Italian social security card, which you should have on you whenever accessing the national healthcare services.

How to Get a Social Security Number in Italy?

To get a social security number in Italy, you must register with the SSN, the Servizio Sanitario Nazionale, Italy’s National Healthcare System.

You receive your Tessera Sanitaria when you first register with the SSN. There are two types of registrations, mandatory and voluntary­. The first applies to most residents, workers, family members, etc., while voluntary registration is typically for visitors of shorter stays, such as students, au pairs, religious staff, etc.

Requirements to Apply for a Social Security Number

The first step for applying for a social security number is to go to the Post Office of your area of residence. Once there, you will be given the application form, the Bollettino Postale. You must fill it in and pay the fee, after which you will be given a receipt.

Then you must present both the form and the receipt at your ASL along with the following documents:

  • Your passport
  • Your tax number (Codice Fiscale)
  • Your residence permit (or proof you have requested one, such as the receipt)
  • A self-declaration of address (which must match the residence permit)
  • The receipt of payment of the registration with the SSN

The health card is then sent to your home address. In the meantime, hold on to a copy of the receipt.

Your health card is valid as long as you have permission to stay in the country. If you renew your residence permit, make sure you renew your Tessera Sanitaria as well. This is done at the ASL, with:

  • Your passport
  • Proof that you have requested the renewal of your residence permit
  • Your tax number
  • A certificate or self-declaration of residence

Social Security Benefits in Italy

You are entitled to a number of benefits provided by the state if you pay social security contributions in the country. These include several aids when it comes to employment, unemployment, healthcare, family benefits, old-age, disability, invalidity, and more.

This may include monetary allowances or leaves of absence from work.

You can find more information on each benefit on the National Institute of Social Security (INPS) website.

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Resident mothers who are giving birth, adopting, or fostering a child are entitled to maternity leave, congedo di maternità, as long as they pay contributions to social security. This is valid for both employees and self-employed workers, although freelancers and other independent workers are not obligated to take a leave of absence from work. For employees, taking a leave of absence is mandatory.

No minimum contribution is required, unless you are registered with the INPS under a special scheme, such as an agricultural worker, an independent worker, etc., in which case you should check your specific conditions. Unemployed workers may be entitled to maternity benefits only under certain conditions as well. To know these and other requirements for special cases, you can visit the INPS official website.

Maternity Benefits

Maternity benefits consist of a maternity allowance and leave. Maternity allowance corresponds to 80% of pay for a total of five months. That could be two months prior to having the child and three months after, or one month before having the child and four months after. You may also be entitled to a one-off lump sum of 800 EUR (880 USD), referred to as the voucher for future mothers.

Paternity Leave and Benefits

As part of paternity leave and benefits, you are entitled to an allowance, although to receive it, absence from work is required. Cash paternity allowance corresponds to 100% of pay for five-days of compulsory leave, which should be taken within the first five months after birth.

As for parental leave, both mother and father can claim this benefit. It consists of 30% of pay and can be taken within the first eight years of the child’s life. The maximum leave parents can take is 11 months, which can be split between the parents.

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What is the requirement to work in Italy? ›

You must sign a contract of residence (in Italian) and present a passport and travel documents. Your authorisation to work will be valid from 20 days up to nine months, depending on the duration of your employment. Residence permits are issued for the duration and purpose indicated on the visa.

How hard is it for an American to get a job in Italy? ›

So, is it easy to find a job in Italy as an expat? It really depends on what you're looking for. If you're willing to put in the hard work and have relevant qualifications, you'll be able to find a job eventually. However, your options will be more limited if you're looking for an English-speaking job in Italy.

What to expect when you work for an Italian company? ›

Italian business culture is hierarchical, flexible, and sociable, and their working practices are both focused and person-oriented. Employees in Italy work long hours and are very productive. Communication between peers is both personal and professional.

What do most people do for work in Italy? ›

Answer: Some of the most popular jobs in Italy are in the service sector, which contributes to its national growth. These include wholesale, retail, transportation, and manufacturing.

How long can an American work in Italy? ›

Americans who intend to stay in Italy for less than 90 days don't need to worry about visas. However, if you plan to go for an extended period, you'll have to apply for a long-stay visa. This is a crucial step because you can't apply for an Italian residence permit without this long-stay visa.

What is the minimum wage in Italy? ›

Italy has no minimum wage but protects workers through collective agreements. Learn about the average salaries, gender pay gap, and wages for internationals.

What jobs are demand in Italy? ›

The most in-demand jobs in Italy in 2023
  • Manual workers.
  • Drivers.
  • Marketing professionals.
  • Engineers.
  • Waiters.
Jan 25, 2023

Can a US citizen live full time in Italy? ›

Americans must have an entrance visa which should be obtained at an Italian consulate before coming to Italy, in order to remain in Italy more than three months and gain resident status. This procedure will take several weeks to complete so it is advisable to apply well in advance of the departure date.

Can Americans get paid to move to Italy? ›

To combat population decline, the Calabria region – situated on the tip of the “boot” if you look at the map, northeast of Palermo – is offering new residents a relocation grant of up to €28,000 (~$30,000) over a period of three years. That's about $10,000 per year to help you get settled in.

Why does Italy take August off? ›

Ferragosto is a public holiday celebrated on August 15th in all of Italy. It originates from Feriae Augusti, the festival of emperor Augustus, who made the 1st of August a day of rest after weeks of hard work on the agricultural sector.

How many hours do Italians work a week? ›

In Italy, normal working time is 40 hours per week—eight hours a day, for five working days. However, there are some collective agreements (such as the logistics agreement), which provide for a lower weekly working time of 39 hours.

How long is lunch break in Italy? ›

Although both often work from Monday through to Saturday, full-time workers in the private sector can expect to start work at 9am and not finish until 6pm, with a 1-2 hour lunch break, although this is usually shorter in the bigger cities.

What are the benefits of working in Italy? ›

Statutory and common employee benefits
  • Leave entitlements.
  • Parental leave.
  • Pension plans.
  • Retirement contributions.
  • Minimum wage requirements.
  • Overtime pay.
  • Work-related injury and illness insurance.

What jobs pay the most in Italy? ›

The best paid positions in Italy
  • Managing Director Top Management. 11,272 EUR.
  • Chief Executive Officer Top Management. ...
  • Country Manager/Director Top Management. ...
  • Sales Director Top Management. ...
  • Economic/Financial Manager Top Management. ...
  • Leasing Director Leasing. ...
  • IT Director Top Management. ...
  • Production Director Top Management.

Can I work in Italy without speaking Italian? ›

It's certainly not required to speak Italian to travel, study, or even work in Italy. I studied for four months in Florence without learning to say more than “Vorrei un caffè” — I would like a coffee. I guided student tours around Italy without enough Italian to engage in small talk with the bus driver.

How much is rent in Italy? ›

The average rent price in Italy is 800 EUR (880 USD) a month. However, this is just the average—you will find rental prices to range from 490 to 1,550 EUR (540 to 1,700 USD). Below is a table with monthly rental prices by region, from most expensive to least expensive.

Where do most Americans live in Italy? ›

Lazio is the most popular region

Lazio, which includes Italy's capital Rome, is home to some 2,800 Americans, making it the most popular region among US nationals.

Can I work remotely in Italy for a US company? ›

You are not allowed to work on a tourist visa in Italy, and you would need a digital nomad visa if you want to work remotely from Italy. Although many people work and travel on a tourist visa, this could potentially cause tax issues for you or your employer.

Is health care free in Italy? ›

Is healthcare free in Italy? Healthcare in Italy is not free, but the fees are usually quite reasonable and Emergency Medical Assistance is provided to anyone in need, regardless of their nationality, without asking for upfront payment. Healthcare in Italy is provided to anyone with a mixed Public and Private system.

Do you tip in Italy? ›

First off, tipping in Italy is neither mandatory nor expected, but if you do decide to do so, the gesture is a very clear indicator that you appreciated the service provided.

What is the minimum work hours in Italy? ›

Italian law does not expressly provide any limit for employee's daily working time, but does provide for a minimum daily rest of 11 consecutive hours for each 24-hour period.

Is it difficult to learn Italian? ›

The US Foreign Service Institute considers Italian a 'tier one' language, which means that it's one of the easiest languages for a native English speaker to learn. Their research suggests that it'll take roughly 480 hours of practice to reach fluency.

What is a good income in Italy? ›

Earning more than €43,000, including benefits, is considered a good salary in Italy, with many opportunities offering even more than that. You're most probably wondering "Where will I earn the most in Italy?".

Which city in Italy has more job opportunities? ›

Italian cities with more job vacancies

Some cities in Italy that have better infrastructure and job opportunities are: Rome, Milan, Bologna, Firenze, Bergamo, Turin and Naples.

Do I have to pay US taxes if I live in Italy? ›

Do US expats living in Italy also have to file US taxes? Yes. All US citizens and permanent residents who meet the minimum income reporting requirements must file a tax return, even if they don't live in the country.

Are Italians friendly to Americans? ›

In general, Italians respect Americans and always welcome them as friends. They adore the curiosity of American tourists in regard to experiencing Italian culture, and they love the way that Americans enjoy their food.

Can I live in Italy on my Social Security? ›

How Benefits Can Be Paid. If you have Social Security credits in both the United States and Italy, you may be eligible for benefits from one or both countries. If you meet all the basic requirements under one country's system, you will get a regular benefit from that country.

How much money will I need to move to Italy from USA? ›

On average you're looking at around 1500 euros or 1900 USD a month to move to a small city or larger town. That doesn't include the moving costs, which would be around 6,000-10,000 USD depending on your situation for the plane ticket, deposit on an apartment, help with a visa, etc.

How much money can I transfer to Italy from USA? ›

Frequently asked questions. How much money can I send to Italy? You can send up to 50,000 USD to Italy in a single online bank transfer.

Can an American buy a home and live in Italy? ›

There are no restrictions for foreigners who want to buy properties in Italy. However, the Italian authorities have the power of making some verifications of criminal records and other aspects.

What month does Italy shut down? ›

August is a unique month to visit Italy because it's when locals close shop and go on vacation. That translates to you, the tourist, in a few different ways.

What is the hottest month in Italy? ›

Italy has a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters. If you're a sunseeker the best time to visit Italy is between June and September. The hottest month of the year is July with an average daily maximum of 24 C and an average low of 17 C.

How long is summer break in Italy? ›

Italian students have a very long summer break, covering on average three months between mid-June and mid-September. Lazy, sweaty—and at times, boring—afternoons in July and August are the mainstays of most of them.

What time is dinner in Italy? ›

The Typical Italian Dinner

Italian dinner or la cena, usually from 8:00 to 10:00pm, is another time that Italians enjoy sitting down together and socializing. Dinner can be much later than 10:00pm, especially if eating out or dining at a friend's house.

What time do Italians wake up? ›

7:00 – 8:00 am. The morning hours. Wake up, hop in the shower, and begin thinking about what you are going to eat that day. Perhaps ask your spouse, parent, roommate, person walking by on the street, or the cat what they think about eating for dinner.

What time do Italians start their work day? ›

Most Italians work long hours. In the average business, their weekday hours are 9.00 am (9:00) to 1.00 pm (13:00) and from 2.30 pm (14:30) to 6.00 pm (18:00), from Monday to Friday. They use the 24 hour military clock.

Do Italians nap after lunch? ›

In Italy siesta is known as riposo. Shops are closed midday for three hours or so, that way Italians get to go home, rest, and be with family. Riposo to Italians means enjoying a home cooked meal and spending time with family.

How many days off do Italians get? ›

All employees are entitled to annual paid leave. The Civil Code provides for a statutory minimum leave of eight days, for domestic employees only. Minimum leave of all other employees is determined by collective agreements, which generally provide for paid annual leave of not less than four weeks per year.

How many meals a day do Italians eat? ›

A typical Italian diet consists of three meals in a day. The most common foods in the Italian diet include pasta, cheese, vegetables, olive oil, meats, and wine. Italians give a lot of importance to fresh ingredients.

How much is overtime pay in Italy? ›

20% premium for overtime work exceeding the 48thweekly hour; 30% premium for overtime work on public holidays or Sundays; 50% premium for overtime work during the night (from 22.00 to 6.00 a.m.)

What are the work rules in Italy? ›

Employment rights

Constitutional rights of employment are laid out in Italy's constitution. That document gives all citizens a right to work, to receive fair pay, dictates maximum hours, and guarantees paid vacations. Since 1987, the Italian Department of Labor has limited the maximum working hours to 48 hours a week.

What is the bonus for workers in Italy 2023? ›

The bonus bollette or bonus sociale, designed to offset ever-rising gas and electricity bills for lower-income households, will be available to those with an ISEE of up to 15,000 euros in 2023, the threshold having been raised from 12,000 in 2022.

Is it hard to get a job in Italy as an American? ›

So, is it easy to find a job in Italy as an expat? It really depends on what you're looking for. If you're willing to put in the hard work and have relevant qualifications, you'll be able to find a job eventually. However, your options will be more limited if you're looking for an English-speaking job in Italy.

How much tax do you pay in Italy? ›

Personal income tax rates and calculation
TAXABLE INCOME (per bracket) 2022RATE (per bracket) 2022
up to EUR 15 00023%
from EUR 15 001 to EUR 28 00025%
from EUR 28 001 to EUR 50 00035%
above EUR 50 00143%
Mar 29, 2022

Can a US citizen live and work in Italy? ›

American citizens who have a job offer in Italy, or wish to work in Italy, either temporarily or permanently, must be provided with a work permit obtained by the prospective employer, and must obtain a work visa from the Italian Consular authorities BEFORE coming to Italy.

What is the most common job in Italy? ›

Answer: Some of the most popular jobs in Italy are in the service sector, which contributes to its national growth. These include wholesale, retail, transportation, and manufacturing.

Can I just go and live in Italy? ›

Living in Italy as a US citizen is possible if you have the right permit. There are 2 types of residence permits in Italy: 1. Permesso di Soggiorno: a temporary, renewable residence permit with varying durations of validity.

What does a US citizen need to work in Italy? ›

Work Permits

American citizens who have a job offer in Italy, or wish to work in Italy, either temporarily or permanently, must be provided with a work permit obtained by the prospective employer, and must obtain a work visa from the Italian Consular authorities BEFORE coming to Italy.

Can I legally work in Italy? ›

Since Italy is part of the European Union, any EU national can enter the country and start working without any authorization (such as a work permit). But they do have to get a “declaration of presence” from a local police office or Questura.

Is it easy to get work in Italy? ›

Italy ranks much lower than other European countries on the 2021 English Proficiency Index. So, as you might expect, it can be challenging to find a job if you don't speak Italian. That said, non-Italian speakers still have plenty of job options, such as tour guides or foreign language teachers.

Can a foreigner get a job in Italy? ›

Non-EU citizens need a work visa in Italy to hold employment in Italy. In nearly all cases, securing a job before you move is essential. Italian employers take care of the visa application process for you. Visa applications normally cost between 100 and 200 Euros.

How many months can a US citizen stay in Italy? ›

This regulation is strictly enforced in Italy. U.S. citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. All non-residents are required to complete a declaration of presence (dichiarazione di presenza).

What jobs are in demand in Italy? ›

The most in-demand jobs in Italy in 2023
  • Manual workers.
  • Drivers.
  • Marketing professionals.
  • Engineers.
  • Waiters.
Jan 25, 2023

How long can you live in Italy as a US citizen? ›

How long can a US citizen live in Italy? An American citizen can stay in Italy for ninety days or less on either a tourist or business visa. You must declare the purpose of your visit before entry and further information can be retrieved from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polizia di Stato.

How long are work hours in Italy? ›

In Italy, normal working time is 40 hours per week—eight hours a day, for five working days. However, there are some collective agreements (such as the logistics agreement), which provide for a lower weekly working time of 39 hours.

Is Italy friendly to foreigners? ›

Many foreigners consider Italians as cheerful, kind, helpful and friendly people. In most cases, it's true.

Does Italy pay well? ›

If we look at the most recent salary data provided by Statista, the average gross salary for Italy shows a more realistic number around €29,700 or €2,475 a month. Either way, the national average for Italy is higher than that in the majority of European countries.

What is the average pay in Italy? ›

What is average wage in Italy? Average Wages in Italy increased to 2475 EUR/ Month (2675.386 USD/Month) in 2021. The maximum rate of average wage for employees was 2502 EUR/ Month and minimum was 1176 EUR/ Month.

What is the age limit to work in Italy? ›

Young people aged 18-30 from the above-mentioned countries can apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Italy. This visa allows them to live and work in Italy for up to a year. However, they can only work for six months, and for no more than three months per employer.

Which work is best in Italy? ›

The top job sector in Italy is ICT, Retail and Business-related sectors. Some of the popular jobs in Italy for Indian students are - Law, Medicine, Bank Managers, Professors, English language teachers, and others.

How much does a work visa cost for Italy? ›

How Much does an Italian Work Visa Cost? A work visa in Italy costs 116 EUR (140 USD). Unless otherwise stated, this fee is paid in the currency of the country where the application is made.


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