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The 25 most in-demand jobs and skills in Italy in 2022

If you’d love to relocate to Italy but are concerned about employment prospects, here are the skills the country has a shortage of right now according to a study by LinkedIn.

The 25 most in-demand jobs and skills in Italy in 2022
There are job opportunities in Italy if you have the right skills - and experience. 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.

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 can American citizens work in Italy?

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 2022, 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.

But HR, finance and customer service specialists may also find opportunities, the data shows.

One thing that all of the listed jobs have in common, though, is that recruiters are looking for people with years of experience.

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.

  1. Robotics Engineer (Ingegnere robotico)

Required skills: Robotics, Process Automation, Programming

Average years of experience: 4 years

  1. Machine Learning Engineer (Ingegnere dell’apprendimento automatico)

Required skills: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Data Science 

Average years of experience: 3.3 years

  1. Cloud Architect

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

Average years of prior experience: 13.5 

  1. Data engineer (Ingegnere dei dati)

Required skills: Apache Spark, Scala, Hadoop

Average years of experience: 7.2 years

  1. Sustainability manager (Manager della sostenibilità)

Required skills: Sustainable Development, Sustainability Reporting, Consulting

Average years of experience: 6.5 year

  1. Data management consultant (Consulente della gestione dei dati)

Required skills: Machine learning, ETL, Python

Average years of experience: 5.3 years

  1. Human resources analyst (Analista delle risorse umane)

Required skills: Organizational development, Recruiting, Problem solving

Average years of experience: 4 years

  1. Talent acquisition specialist (Specialista nell’acquisizione di talenti)

Required skills: Recruiting, Talent Management, LinkedIn Recruiter

Average years of experience: 9.2 years

  1. Software account executive

Required skills: Enterprise software, Cloud computing 

Average years of experience: 15.2 years

  1. Cyber ​​security specialist (Specialista di sicurezza informatica)

Required Skills: Cybersecurity, Ethical Hacking, Information Security

Average years of experience: 8.3 years 

  1. Banker

Required skills: Credit, Retail Banking, Portfolio Management

Average years of experience: 6.1 years

  1. Data scientist (Scienziato dei dati)

Required skills: Machine learning, Python, Data mining 

Average years of experience: 3.8 years

  1. Back-end developer (Sviluppatore back-end)

Required skills: Git, Docker, MongoDB 

Average years of experience: 7 years

  1. Product manager (Responsabile del prodotto)

Required skills: Agile project management, Scrum, Product management 

Average years of experience:  10.9 years

  1. Clinic manager

Required Skills: Good Clinical Practice, Clinical Trial Management System, Oncology

Average years of experience: 9.6 years

  1. Retail Consultant (Consulente di vendita al dettaglio)

Required skills: SQL, Cloud computing, Problem solving

Average years of experience: 9.6 years

  1. Business developer (Addetto allo sviluppo aziendale)

Required skills: Sales Management, Marketing Strategy, Negotiation

Average years of experience: 7.4 years

  1. Client manager

Required skills: Business Planning, Marketing Strategy, Risk Management

Average years of experience: 10 years

  1. Investment Manager (Gestore degli investimenti)

Required skills: Private equity, Business planning, Corporate finance

Average years of experience: 7.6 years

  1. Full stack engineer (Ingegnere full stack)

Required skills: JavaScript, jQuery, Git

Average years of experience: 7.1 years

  1. Infrastructure architect

Required skills: Cloud computing, Virtualization, Linux

Average years of experience: 12.6 

  1. Payroll specialist (Specialista buste paga)

Required skills: Human Resources, ADP Payroll, Employment Law 

Average years of experience: 9.7 years

  1. Front-end developer (Sviluppatore front-end)

Required skills: SASS, Bootstrap, Git

Average years of experience: 7.2 years

  1. ERP (Enterprise Resources Planning) Consultant (Consulente di pianificazione delle risorse aziendali)

Required skills: SQL, Business Intelligence, Business Processes

Average years of experience: 9.6 years

  1. Customer Service Officer (Addetto al servizio clienti)

Required skills:  Back office, Problem solving, Negotiation

Average years of experience: 6 years.

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Italy approves ‘digital nomad’ visa for remote workers

For 'highly qualified' remote workers planning to base themselves in Italy, a new visa option is soon expected to offer an easier route.

Italy approves ‘digital nomad’ visa for remote workers

After weeks of speculation and doubt, the Italian ‘digital nomad visa’ was approved and signed into law this week according to lawmakers.

Italy now looks set to join EU countries including Germany and Portugal in offering a special visa allowing remote workers to move to Italy from outside the European Union.

READ ALSO: What do we know so far about Italy’s digital nomad visa?

A provision for a new digital nomad visa was included in Italy’s ‘decreto sostegni ter‘, a government decree which was approved in January and converted into law on March 28th.

It’s hoped that the new digital nomad visa will mean a far easier route to a new life in Italy than the current visa options available, which immigration experts say are not always viable for freelancers and remote workers.

While it is possible for many non-EU nationals to spend up to 90 days in Italy without a visa, anyone wishing to work legally while here must apply for a visa and work permit

However, with the details of the new visa still to be confirmed, it’s not yet clear how much easier the new route will be.

“We are happy to have approved the proposal but we are also aware of the next steps. The government has to work on a new bill to implement the law, defining all the procedures and details,” Five Star Movement MP Luca Carabetta, who promoted the digital nomad visa, told The Local.

“We worked all along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this and we are sure they will lead this process,” he added.

READ ALSO: How to get an Italian work visa

This means it could still be some time until the Italian government publishes full details of the visa application process and requirements.

The text of the bill stated that the visa will be for those “who carry out highly qualified work activities through the use of technological tools that allow them to work remotely, autonomously or for a company that is not resident in the territory of the Italian state.

As for who counts as a “highly qualified” worker, financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore writes that this category includes everyone “from university professors to circus employees, seafarers and professional nurses”.

Il Sole said that these professionals will not be subject to the restrictions on the number of work permits issued annually under Italy’s decreto flussi (the foreign workers’ quota), but that “their entry is in any case subject to the issue of a work permit which must be requested by their employer”.

Carabetta said the approval provides for “the establishment of a dedicated visa and permit lasting one year, which can be extended for a further year and can be extended to the family unit of the remote worker”.

Application looks set to entail a minimum income requirement, though the amount is not yet known.

According to Carabetta, “Requirements for the remote worker are the availability of suitable accommodation, adequate income, health insurance, and a clean criminal record.”

Existing visa options available to non-EU remote workers moving to Italy include the self-employment visa, intra-company visa, and the EU Blue Card. Find out more about those here.

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