There are 531 thousand workers sought by companies (with a fixed-term contract of more than one month or permanent) for the month of September, 7 thousand more (+1.3%) than planned a year ago. For the entire September-November 2023 quarter, expected hires slightly exceed 1.4 million, up 1.9% compared to the same period in 2022. It is large enterprises (with over 250 employees) and small companies (10-49 employees) that fully cover the overall increase in planned hires compared to 2022 (respectively, with +4.4 thousand and +4.3 thousand in the month and + 11 thousand and +12 thousand in the quarter); while smaller companies (1-9 employees) expect a decline in recruiting for September (-3 thousand).
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In August companies plan to activate 293 thousand employment contracts (fixed-term of more than one month or permanent contracts). Compared to August 2022, forecasts highlight 8 thousand more contracts, equal to +3.0%, while for the August-October quarter the forecast stands at 1.3 million hires, recording a decrease compared to last year (-0.7% with -9 thousand contracts). Difficulty in recruiting regards 47.5% of expected hires (around 6 points more than in August 2022). Corporate areas for which companies declare the greatest difficulty in finding personnel are those of installation and maintenance (64.2% of the profiles are difficult to find), design and Research & Development (61.2%) and information systems (52.9%).
Companies have planned around 585 thousand new hires in July (on fixed-term contracts lasting more than one month or on permanent contracts), reaching almost 1.5 million in the entire July-September trimester. The overall forecasts show a positive trend both compared to the month of July 2022 (+80 thousand hires) and to the quarter July-September 2022 (+197 thousand). In July, the difficulty encountered by companies in recruiting staff increased, involving 47.9% of the profiles sought, around 8 points more than in July 2022. The company area that has the greatest difficulty in finding personnel is "Installation and maintenance" area (63.3%), followed by "Design, research and development" area (61.6%) and "IT systems" area (55.3%).
Companies have planned around 568 thousand new hires in June (on fixed-term contracts lasting more than one month or on permanent contracts), reaching almost 1.4 million in the entire June-August trimester, with an increase of over 9 thousand units compared to June 2022 (+1.5%) and approximately 37 thousand units over the same quarter (+2.8%). In the month, tourism and manufacturing (respectively with over 7 thousand and 4 thousand hires more than a year ago) support the demand for labour. The forecast for permanent contracts is increasing (compared to June 2022 +12 thousand units; +14.8%), also as a result of the high difficulty in finding personnel, that stands at 46% (+6.8 pps on June 2022).
Around 467 thousand employment contracts (lasting more than one month or permanent contracts) are planned by companies in May and over 1.5 million for the May-July trimester, with an increase of 22 thousand compared to May 2022 (+5.1%) and of 16 thousand on the corresponding quarter (+1.1%). Industry plans 132 thousand entries in May, with a growth of 33.1% (+33 thousand contracts), while services are looking for around 335 thousand workers in May, with a decrease of -3.0% (-10 thousand entries), but the contribution of tourism is positive (+2.5%, +2,600 hires). In May 46.1% of personnel sought by companies is difficult to find (+7.8 p.p. compared to a year ago), mainly due to the lack of candidates.
Established in 1997 by Unioncamere, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, ANPAL, and the European Union, the Excelsior “Information System for Employment and Training” is one of Italy’s major sources on topics relating to the labour market and training, and is one of the official surveys included in the National Statistical Program (PSN).Through the analysis of the hiring programs of over 1 million 300 thousand companies, the Excelsior Information System offers a constantly updated overview of the development trends and the main qualitative characteristics of the demand for employment in Italy, providing extremely useful information in support of training planning processes, guidance activities, and the active labour policies of the Government, the Regions, ANPAL, and other public institutions. The survey brings greater value to the information obtained from the chambers’ administrative archives on businesses and employment, and provides for the sampling of over 500,000 industrial and service companies of all sizes on an annual basis.The high number of interviews conducted and the data processing methodology adopted allow the monthly and annual forecasts regarding the companies’ employment demand to be obtained in a timely and systematic manner, for all the Italian provinces, as well as the main characteristics of the professional figures required (level of education, age, experience, difficulty in recruiting, need for further training, skills, etc.).In addition to guides, manuals, and materials in support of scholastic, university and occupational guidance, Excelsior also renders navigable databases, insights, and other informative tools regarding the demand for professional figures and skills available through various channels (websites, social networks, participation in events, webinars, and seminars).Thanks to these tools and their exploitation by the Chambers of Commerce throughout their various areas of competence, we intend to increasingly promote and support a dynamic and flexible balance between the supply and demand for employment, even by establishing a better connection between the educational and training systems and the needs on the labour market.