Italian lesson - contratto di lavoro a tempo determinato

06/05/2009 - 13:03

Hi,this is an intro to the employment contracts existing in Italy at present. These information and translations could help those who are looking for a job in Italy.In 2003 Biagi introduced a new law to rule a series of fixed-term contracts (contratti di lavoro a tempo determinato).

  • One of the most common is the "contratto a progetto". The contract's term depends on the time the project requires to be achieved. N. B. : If the "contratto a progetto" takes more than 2 years then it becomes a long-term contract! - note: many employers tend to make short-period contracts to their workers so that they can pay lower contributes. 
  • Il "contratto occasionale" has a maximum term of 30 days, it is usually made when you work in an exhibition or similar. 
  • Il "contratto di lavoro interinale" is made when you get the job through a job agency "Agenzia per il lavoro". To be contacted by a Job Agency you should be registered in their database (after a job interview with them). The same is with the public service of the "Ufficio per l'Impiego" (once Ufficio di Collocamento). But this one is less effective (in the Southern Italy in particular).

If I forgot something that you wish to know, do not hesitate to ask me!Which members work in Italy? Did you found a job in Italy easily? Did you find the job you were looking for? What kind of contract do you have? How many have a long-term contract?p.s.: buon lavoro! Other Italian language tips about job in Italy are coming..        


Hi, Your information on contracts is useful.  I am currently looking for work, I do not speak very good italian, so I would like to improve my italian and earn some money.  I was told by a local resident that you can do courses here for stranerei to imparare italian, I was also told by a fellow employee at the commune that they can help you find lavoro.  This information was to be found at my local commune by the sociale.  Yesterday I went to my local commune and finally met the sociale, after 6 attempts on previous days over the last 3 weeks.  However, although the social worker a lady there spoke english, I was happy to practise my italian.  But she took the opportunity to practise her english?  The courses they do are not in my local town but several kilometres away, however it is libero.  The information she gave me was very basic, it was a case of her looking on the internet and giving me the address of the school and the telephone no.  She said the course will not begin til September.  But given my italian is not very good, I hope when I call the school they understand me - If not I will back to see the social worker - So she can finish off doing her job properly.  As for help with work, she merely took me to the commune notice board and went through the jobs on the board, telling me what I would be able to do. So when she had finished, I gave her a copy of my CV, already translated into Italian. I said my english was good, and as alot italians want to learn english would it be possible for see if I could teach english.  I said I would be happy to help my local area, with my knowledge and asked her if she could pass it on to the various relevant people in her office.I may not speak Italian but I am not stupid, I worked in the center of London for major investment banks as a PA, secretary to Managing Directors. I really can't wait to speak italian, to no longer be treated badly.  I do feel sorry for many italians.  As they put up with poor services from both private and public sector.  Italy is a nice country with a lot to offer, they just need to get organised and realise they are in competition with other countries in europe that are more professional and less corrupt.Your information is very useful I only wish the the local cummune could provide someone who has an idea, like you have.  Contracts of work are important andd even more so if you do not speak italian very well.  If you have any other pearls of wisdom please pass them on..

In reply to by Valentine

Hello,yesterday I was made slightly the same question. I can advice you to have a check at this website: you'll find the answers you're looking for or that it gives you any idea of how does it work.Is there any private linguistic school next to the area where you live? Why don't you try and contact them for a job interview?Hope this helpsIn bocca al lupoValentina 

Hi Valentina,Thank you for so much for your help.  I created a new post yesterday, asking about Self-employment.  My reason for doing this is a privately run language school for teaching english are interested in me work for them.  However, I will need to do the TEFL course and get certificated.  Thats fine, there is also no pressure for me to do this immediately, so I can earn and save to do this.  Which I am happy to do so.  However the lady that runs the school wishes me to be self-employed.  This at first seems like a good thing, as my partner is employed within a company here in Italy and he hates it (so much tax, and a very low rate of pay!) .  Self-employed means I can earn as much as I want, as long as I am willing to put the hours in. But it seems as though its not quite as good as it is? Is this so?Can I ask you for any more information ? Cheeky but I like to learn from a good master!!  Do you have an information on teaching english? Are there any recommended, but cheap courses for TEFL? preferably on-line?Your advice and help has been much appreicated by me.  I am also enrolling for learning italian so any online, or free information on this would be most helpful too. 

Hi Valentina,I have just been reading one of the replyies you did. And had just oppened the site you gave on teaching in italy.Quite helpfull I may admit.How do I futher explore the site? I seem to have a hinch to access the information. I guess I have to subscribe? George Akalemwa

Thank you once again for your help, it really is most useful.  The job market in italy isn't doing too well at the moment, but the cost of living (inflation) is still out of control here. So money coming in at the moment is a bit of a necessity.  Also I have my permesso to live here, but until I find work I can't officially have a doctor! So another benefit to finding proper employment.  I do like Italy, but do find it hard to live here.  People here are ill informed, unlike the UK where information is everywhere and everyone is informed of their rights.  I do think the Italian government like their people to be kept in the dark, so they can carry in their corrupt manner.  Hopefully the EU will sort some of these types of problems.  To make a better Italy for everyone not just the rich few/politicians etc...

Hi Valentine.In Italy you can have a Partita Iva and be a Libero Professionista.You should apply for a Partita Iva at the Camera di Commercio. This will enable you to work for as many private organizations as you can afford to, in the same period. Usually a Libero Professionista works on Progetti (see "contratto a progetto" above).Good luck for you projects :)Will PM you with a good language course.