Temporary, Casual & Part-time Work
Temporary (lavoro temporaneo) and casual work (lavoro occasionale) is usually for a limited or fixed period, ranging from a few hours to a few months, or work may be intermittent. Part-time work (lavoro a tempo parziale or lavoro part-time), however, may be a temporary or permanent job but with reduced working hours, e.g. up to 20 hours per week. Casual workers are often employed on a daily, first-come, first-served basis. Anyone looking for casual unskilled work in Italy must usually compete with Albanians, North Africans and other unemployed foreigners, who are usually prepared to work for less money than anyone else, although nobody should be paid less than the minimum wage (see page 40) for a particular job, which should be aligned with that of permanent employees. Many employers illegally pay temporary staff in cash without making deductions for social security (see Illegal Working on page 48). Temporary and casual work usually includes the following:
- Office and secretarial work, which is well paid if you’re qualified and the easiest work to find in cities and large towns.
- Work in the building trade, which can be found by applying at building sites and through industrial recruitment agencies (such as Manpower).
- Jobs in shops and stores, which are often available over Christmas and during sales periods.
- Gardening jobs in private gardens (possibly working for a landscape gardener), public parks and garden centres, particularly in spring and summer.
- Peddling ice cream, cold drinks and fast food in summer, e.g. on beaches.
- Working as a deck-hand on a yacht operating from one of Italy’s fashionable coastal resorts.
- A wide variety of jobs can be found on board ships. Most cruise and some ferry companies are happy to take on foreign staff, although you stand a better chance if you can speak another European language fluently.
- Writers and translators can find work with Italian businesses wishing to do business with the English-speaking world.
- Market research, which entails asking people personal questions, either in the street or door to door.
- Modelling at art colleges; both sexes are usually required and not just the body beautiful.
- Work as a security guard (long hours for low pay).
- Nursing and auxiliary nursing in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.
- Newspaper, magazine and leaflet distribution.
- Courier work (own transport required – motorcycle, car or van).
- Driving jobs, including coach and truck drivers, and ferrying cars for manufacturers and car hire companies.
- Miscellaneous jobs such as office cleaners, baby-sitters and labourers, are available from a number of agencies specialising in temporary work.
Temporary jobs are advertised in employment offices, on notice boards in expatriate clubs, churches and organisations, and in expatriate newsletters and newspapers.
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