More than 507 thousand hirings expected by companies in July and over 1.3 million by September

Over 507 thousand job opportunities planned by companies in July and 1.3 million in the forecast quarter July-September, with a contraction in the demand for work of approximately 78 thousand contracts compared to July 2023 (-13.3%) and of -156 thousand for the corresponding quarter of 2023 (-10.6%). At a territorial level, over 24 thousand fewer hirings planned by companies in the Center and around 24 thousand less for the North East. The share of permanent contracts is increasing (to 18.1%, +1.5 p.p. compared to July 2023).

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566 thousand hirings expected by companies in June and almost 1.4 million by August

There are approximately 566 thousand hirings planned by companies in June and they rise to almost 1.4 million in the June-August quarter, with an almost stable trend compared to June 2023 (-0.3%) and a slight increase on the corresponding quarter (+ 0.6%). During the month, the best dynamics were recorded by construction (+16.6%), trade (+10.5%) and advanced services (+11.5%). However, the manufacturing sector was down (-5.6%). In June, 47.6% of the profiles searched were difficult to find (+1.6 p.p. compared to the previous year). 

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494 thousand hirings expected by companies in May (+5.8%) and 1.6 million by July

There are just under 494 thousand hiring contracts (lasting more than one month or for an indefinite period) planned by companies in May and almost 1.6 million for the May-July quarter, with an increase in job demand of around 27 thousand units compared to in May 2023 (+5.8%) and by almost 35 thousand units in the corresponding quarter (+2.2%). The industry as a whole plans more than 136 thousand hirings in the month and over 410 thousand in the quarter, with growth of 3.5% and 2.4% respectively compared to a year ago. Service companies are looking for 357 thousand workers in the month and around 1.2 million in the quarter, with increases of 6.7% and 2.2% respectively compared to the same period of 2023. The South and Islands the territorial area more dynamic with 140 thousand contracts expected (+11.9% on May 2023). In May, 48.2% of the professional profiles sought were difficult to find, equal to approximately 238 thousand job positions that companies are struggling to fill.

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446 thousand hirings expected by companies in April and 1.5 million by June

There are more than 446 thousand hiring contracts (lasting more than one month or permanent) planned by companies in April and over 1.5 million for the April-June quarter, with a slight increase of around 3 thousand units compared to April 2023 (+0.7%) and a decline of over 46 thousand units on the corresponding quarter (-3.0%). Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees plan 64.5% of the total hirings expected for the month of April, while medium-sized businesses in the 50-250 employee class plan 18.9% and medium-large businesses with over 250 employees the remaining 16.6%. In April, 47.8% of the staff sought by companies were difficult to find (in line with the values of the first months of 2024 and +2.6 p.p. compared to a year ago). The demand for immigrant workers is significant, amounting to around 88 thousand hirings scheduled in the month (19.8% of the total). 

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Over 447 thousand hirings expected by companies in March: the forecasts are positive for tourism, trade and personal services and construction; manufacturing is decreasing

There are over 447 thousand contracts planned by companies in March 2024 and around 1.4 million are expected for the March-May quarter, with an increase of almost 30 thousand units compared to March 2023 (+7.1%) and around 112 thousand units on the same quarter 2023 (+8.7%). In particular, The forecasts in the service sectors (+16% in the month and +14.3% in the quarter) and commerce (+14.6% in the month and +17.2% in the quarter) are growing. The trend was also positive for flows planned by construction companies (+2.7% compared to March 2023 and +7.4% compared to the corresponding quarter), while the signals coming from manufacturing companies were more uncertain, reporting a contraction in March of hirings compared to the same month of 2023 (-1.6%). The difficulty in recruiting it stands at 47.8%, close to the levels reached in March 2023.

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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.