285 thousand new hires expected August, the difficulty in recruiting the figures sought reaches 41.6%

285 thousand is the number of workers sought by companies for the month of August and it increases to about 1.3 million for the entire August-October trimester. Compared to a year ago, there is growth in company forecasts with +27 thousand new hires planned in the month (+10.8%) and +70 thousand units in the trimester (+5.7%). The economic comparison with respect to the previous month shows a decline in the demand for work due to the natural seasonality (-221 thousand inflow).

The industry as a whole is seeking 81 thousand professional profiles, of which 55 thousand to be employed in manufacturing and 26 thousand in construction. Services as a whole plan an inflow of 204 thousand. The difficulty in recruiting declared by the companies regards a total of 41.6% of planned new hires (8.9 percentage points more than last year). Emerging among the sectors that encounter the greatest criticalities are the metallurgical and metal products industries (55.6% of the profiles difficult to recruit), the wood and furniture industries (53.7%) and construction (52.7%).

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505 thousand new hires expected in July, the difficulty in recruiting the figures sought reaches 40.3%

Job opportunities offered by companies in July amount to about 505 thousand: industry is planning an inflow of about 130 thousand (-1,390 new hires compared to June, about -7 thousand compared to July 2021), while in the services sector companies plan to activate about 375 thousand employment contracts (down by 52 thousand units compared to a month ago). 41 thousand new hires are expected in the construction sector, down compared to June (-10.5%), but up compared to twelve months ago (+4.2%). Growth can be seen in recruiting difficulty, at 40.3%, about 10 points higher compared to July 2021, a difficulty mainly attributable to the lack of candidates. Encountering the greatest challenges on the market are the metallurgy and metal products companies (about 56% of the profiles sought are difficult to recruit) followed by the wood-furniture industries (55%) and ICT services and construction companies (both 54%).

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560 thousand new hires forecasted in June, 39.2% of which with difficulties in recruiting the figures sought

There are about 560 thousand work opportunities offered by companies in June: 300 thousand requests are concentrated in trade, tourism and personal services. The cyclical trend for all the economic sectors of industry and services (+25.9% compared to May) is positive, while the trend in manufacturing and construction shows recruitment levels lower than a year ago (both -19.7%), with a peak for the non-metallic mineral processing and mining industries (-37.1%). There is growth in recruiting difficulty, at 39.2%, about 9 points higher compared to June 2021, a difficulty mainly attributable to the lack of candidates.

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444 thousand hires expected by companies in May: signs of weakening demand for work in manufacturing and the construction sector, but stability is guaranteed by the recovery of tourism and personal services

In May, companies have over 444 thousand hires scheduled, despite the weakening of economic growth observed in the first trimester and the increasingly uncertain prospects for the second trimester due to the war in Ukraine and the consequent crisis linked to energy and other raw materials. Manufacturing companies are the most affected: -4.4% of workers sought compared to April (-3 thousand) and -18.8% if compared to a year ago (-15 thousand). The construction sector is also negative compared to the previous month (-0.9%) and even more if compared to a year ago (-27.5%). However, there is growth in services (+30.2% compared to April and +31.5% compared to May of last year), mainly driven by the recovery of the tourism sector. The mismatch between job supply and demand is confirmed as high: 38.3% of workers sought are difficult to recruit, a difficulty mainly attributable to the lack of candidates.

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368 thousand new hires expected by companies in April: negative signs for manufacturing and construction companies, expectations for recovery in tourism and personal services

A total inflow of personnel of approximately 368 thousand is expected by companies in April, but the impact on the macroeconomic scenario of the crisis in Ukraine and the significant increase in energy and raw material costs are beginning to have an effect above all on manufacturing companies (-8.5% of expected inflow compared to March and -5.9% compared to April 2021). The construction sector also records a slowing down (-9.4% compared to March and -19.5% compared to 12 months ago). Services as a whole are, however, growing (7.5% compared to the previous month and 39.1% compared to the previous year), thanks above all to the recovery in the tourism sector. The share of new hires for which companies declare difficulty in recruiting is 40.4% overall (8.3 per cent more than in April 2021).

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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.