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Engineering professionals, software developers and analysts urgently needed in Italy

In a country with unemployment at 11.7% it may seem a paradox, but If finding a job in Italy is very difficult at the moment, there are some sectors where vacancies remain unfilled for shortage of qualified personnel.


So, while one Italian out of two is ready to go abroad to work, Italian companies seek engineering professionals, software developers and analysts. According to the figures, last year 41.8 percent of all vacancies for developers and analysts of software, were unfilled, or only filled temporarily. The same happened for 30 percent of vacancies for engineering professionals.


In 2015 Italian companies planned to hire 722,000 people. 76,000, that is 10.6%, of them were difficult to find. The supply of workers was scarce and finding them took more than three months. Unioncamere and the Ministry of Labour, identified two primary reasons for this difficulty: the lack of skills and qualifications.


Italy's technology and engineering sectors are particularly hard hit by the crisis and thousands of the country's most specialised people have moved abroad each year for work.

Therefore, the most in demand professions in Italy are procedures analysts, industrial automation designers, software and app developers and consultants for business management. Among non-graduates the most sought occupations are credit collectors, industrial machinery mechanics, people responsible for the salaries and electronics technicians.


According to data from the national statistics agency, Istat, seven percent of all Phd holders who graduated between 2004 and 2006 currently live abroad, and 14 percent of those who achieved a doctorate between 2008 and 2010 are now living and working elsewhere.


The Istat data on occupations from 2011 to 2014 recorded some significant trends: in addition to the growth of skilled technical workers, there is a world of specialised, but not technical occupations, from logistics to personal care which will become more in demand especially with an ageing population such as that of Italy. 


There are also relevant industrial fields, such as fashion, requiring traditional manufacturing skills difficult to preserve, from the seamstress to the chemical dyer. To face up to this shortage of qualified personnel, in the area of Biella, high schools, university courses and masters were created in order to safeguard the textile trades and to actively combat the shortage of qualified people.


Students and school graduates should be informed by the government about which areas will guarantee them a more solid future and how to acquire the necessary skills.

Giulia Lombardo

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