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Italy’s graduates turn to domestic works

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More Italians are turning to domestic work. Photo: MarcinWichery/Flickr
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More Italians, and especially those with a degree, are turning to domestic work - a sector usually dominated by foreigners - according to a survey by Assindatcolf, the National Association of Employers of Domestic Workers.

Assindatcolf said that almost 10 percent of those providing household services, whether it be cleaning, babysitting or looking after the elderly, are Italian - a jump from 3.73 percent in 2011 and 8.62 percent last year, Corriere reported.

Out of this, almost two percent have a university diploma, a sign that more graduates are taking lower skilled jobs as they grapple with the ongoing economic crisis.

Youth unemployment in Italy hit a record high of 41.2 percent in October, while overall 12.5 percent of Italians are out of work, the national statistics agency Istat said on Friday.

Assindatcolf also found that most contracts for domestic work are short-term, with more than half of staff and employers in southern Italy working outside the system, meaning no taxes are paid, therefore no social benefits are provided.

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