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Italian companies see jump in hiring prospects

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Large companies, with more than 250 staff, reported the most notable increase in hiring prospects. Job photo: Shutterstock
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Italian hiring prospects have shown marked improvement over the past year, a new survey has found, which one expert tells The Local could boost foreigners’ chances of getting a job in Italy.

Hiring prospects have increased by 11 percent over the past year, with the majority of employers reporting more optimistic hiring plans, according to the survey by recruitment firm ManpowerGroup. 

The most substantial increases - of 18 and 15 percentage points - were reported in the public and social sector, and the transport, storage and communication sector respectively.

Large companies, with more than 250 staff, reported the most notable increase in hiring prospects, followed by firms with 50 to 249 employees.

The news could bode well for foreign workers looking for jobs in Italy, Stefano Scabbio, president and CEO of ManpowerGroup Italy and Iberia, told The Local.

“We can see that part of the recovery is being pulled by medium to large businesses and their success often depends on whether the company is willing to employ abroad,” he said.

“Larger businesses have to have the ability to be reactive and proactive when approaching the international market and competing internationally.

“It's about finding the right talent, people who want to live in another country and who speak several languages,” he told The Local.

Globally, however, Italy still remains bottom of the list with regards to employment opportunities forecast for the fourth quarter of 2014, along with Spain and Ireland.

Employers across Italy anticipate a decline in staffing, although hiring prospects have improved in most of the country when compared with the previous quarter.

The upswing is most evident in north-west and in central Italy. Despite a 15 percent increase compared to the last quarter, the outlook for the south remains the most negative.

Despite a poor performance in the south, Scabbio said the overall outlook could be viewed favourably.

“What is important is that we can see some positive signs of recovery in the market. Generally speaking, there are good signs in all sectors,” he said.  

By Maya Acharya

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