Labour: over 417 thousand hires expected by companies in March. The demand for young workers and immigrant personnel is increasing

Over 417 thousand hires are forecast by companies for the month of March and around 1.3 million for the entire March-May quarter, with an increase in the demand for labor of almost 59 thousand compared to March 2022 (+16.3%) and +143 thousand compared to the same trimester of 2022 (+12.6%). The demand for young workers is growing, passing from 101 thousand hires planned in March 2022 to 132 thousand expected for the current month. The demand for immigrant personnel is also increasing, reaching almost 79 thousand hires compared to just over 60 thousand in March 2022.

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386 thousand hires expected by companies in February: +68 thousand compared to a year ago (+21.5%). There are 178 thousand workers difficult to find (46.2%)

There are 386 thousand hires expected by companies in the month of February and 1.2 million for the February-April quarter, +68 thousand compared to February 2022 (+21.5%) and +175 thousand compared to the quarter (+17.1%). The positive dynamics of the demand for labour of companies in the first months of the year is also confirmed by the comparison with pre-Covid levels (February 2019), with a growth of 15.6%.
The mismatch between demand and supply of labor is increasing, covering 46.2% of the profiles sought, a value about 6 percentage points higher than a year ago.

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504 thousand new hires forecast by companies in January 2023: +46 thousand compared to a year ago. 230 thousand new hires difficult to recruit

504 thousand is the number of workers sought by companies in January and 1.3 million for the first trimester of the year. 46 thousand more new hires compared to January 2022 (+10.1%) and +149 thousand new hires (+12.9%) taking the entire trimester as a reference. The demand for labour forecast at the beginning of the year is above pre-Covid levels and shows a +14.0% increase (+62 thousand new hires) compared to January 2019.

Difficulty in recruiting rises to 45.6% (+7 per cent compared to a year ago), which reaches 66% for managerial figures and is close to 62% for skilled labourers.

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In 2022, 6 out of 10 companies planned to hire, but matching demand and supply in labor market is increasingly critical: the difficulty in recruiting personnel rises to 41%

At the end of 2022, the share of companies with employees operating in industry and services that have planned hiring remained steady at the 60%, similar to last year. On the other hand, new hires has grown significantly, reaching 5.2 millions in the year, up by 11.6% compared to 2021 and by 12.2% compared to 2019; the difficulty of recruiting is increasing for all professional profiles: there are almost two million recruitments for which companies in 2022 encountered difficulties, around 600 thousand more than last year, but almost twice (1 million) of what was recorded before the pandemic. Also the level of qualification required is rising, with 1.5 million graduates sought by companies (almost 29% of total hires) and 783,000 graduates (15%), both higher than the previous year.

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329 thousand new hires forecast by companies in December. Tourism positive for the start of the winter season; over 45% of new hires difficult to recruit

329 thousand new hires are forecast by companies for the month of December and increasing to 1.2 million for the entire December-February trimester. Compared to a year ago, there was a decrease of over -24 thousand, as a result of the slowdown in the economy caused by the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, growth of inflation and the cost of money. Nonetheless, the levels of demand for labour by companies remain higher than those recorded in the same period pre-Covid (+28 thousand compared to December 2019, +115 thousand compared to the trimester).

The difficulty in recruiting that regards 45.3% of personnel remains high, a value approximately 7 per cent higher than a year ago.

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The Excelsior Information System: Introduction

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.