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Chef job in Germany gets 800 Italian applications

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Chef job in Germany gets 800 Italian applications
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12:06 CEST+02:00
An job advert placed on an Italian website for a chef in a pizzeria in Germany has attracted almost 1,000 applications in three days as more and more jobless Italians continue to look abroad for work.

The advert, which was placed on the website Kijiji, was for a chef with thirty years’ experience in the food industry, boasting an “excellent salary” as well as “board and lodging”, Corriere della Sera reported.

Within three days the advert had attracted 800 job applications.

Meanwhile, in Switzerland an advert placed on the website by a restaurant chain based in Zurich, Bern and Basel for a permanent cook, dishwasher, barman and cleaner attracted around 1,700 applications in a few hours.

According to Chiara Bonifazi, a marketing representative for Kijiji, the jobs website has seen an uptick in the number of jobs being advertised from abroad with an increase of 14 percent in three months. Typically, these jobs are in the health care and food industry.

In a survey by the Boston Consulting Group published earlier this week about the most desirable places to work in the world, between 50 and 60 percent of Italians polled were either already working abroad or would be willing to relocate, with Germany being their most desired destination.

Figures released in August showed a 25.1 percent jump in the number of Italians taking up German citizenship.

But not all Italians move to Germany with a secure job.

This summer Germany’s Federal Labour Office (BfA) counted a total of 66,458 Italian citizens on jobless benefits in Germany – higher than the EU’s ten Eastern European members as well as the crisis-hit nations of Portugal, Greece and Spain.  

Meanwhile, in Italy, competition for jobs is fierce. 

In September almost 7,000 nurses - many from Southern Italy - applied for just two jobs in the northern cities of Vicenza and Padua. 

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