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What are the benefits of working in Italy?

Posted on January 15, 2021
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Work in Italy

When an individual plans to move abroad to work in another country, he would obviously look at the benefits he would get as a worker. If you are thinking of an overseas job in Italy, these are the work benefits you should be aware of.

Working hours and paid time off

The working hours in Italy are 40 hours per week and overtime is limited to two hours in a day.

Employees are entitled to 26 days of paid holiday annually. Apart from this there are 12 public holidays in a year.

Minimum wage

In Italy, there is no minimum wage. Employees are entitled, according to legislation, to receive a salary that is relevant to their role and should provide them with a decent lifestyle.

Tax rates

In Italy, five tax brackets exist. For individuals whose income does not exceed EUR 28,000 per year, the first bracket of 27 per cent applies. The last tranche of 43% applies to earnings above EUR 75,000 per year.

Taxable income (EUR) Tax on excess (%)
Over Not over
0 15,000 23
15,001 28,000 27
28,001 55,000 38
55,001 75,000 41
75,001 43

Social security

Your rights as a resident of the country will be guaranteed by having an Italian social security number, whether it is for healthcare, financial aid or other benefits. This number is the same as the tax number. A social security number can be obtained by both nationals and foreigners.

You are entitled to a number of benefits provided by the state if you pay social security contributions in the country. These include several aids such as employment, unemployment, healthcare, family benefits, old-age, disability, invalidity, and more.

Maternity and paternity leave

For the last two months of pregnancy and the first three months after childbirth, mothers are excluded from service, although they may wish to serve for an additional month during pregnancy and opt to take leave an additional month after childbirth. The INPS (Istituto nazionale della previdenza social) pays 80 percent of the mother’s salary and her employer pays 20 percent of her salary during this time.

After that, mothers are entitled to an extra six months’ leave, entitling them to retain their job status and 30 percent of their INPS salary.

Paternity leave is for five days and should be taken within five months of the birth of the child.

Parental leave

Mothers and fathers are entitled to parental leave of up to six months each before the child is 12 years of age, and single parents are entitled to leave of up to ten months. Employees will earn an allowance of 30 percent of their wages for these six months.

Sick pay

Employees are entitled to sick leave and have the right during this absence to retain their job. Employees are entitled to 50 percent basic compensation from the 4th to 20th day of illness, and from the 21st day, they are entitled to 66 percent compensation. They must provide a s certificate issued by a licensed doctor.

Accident insurance

Employees must be covered by the mandatory state insurance policy, for accidents at work. For any accident caused by employer negligence, the scheme provides the right of compensation from the employer.

Work culture

There is emphasis on work-life balance in Italy where the locals enjoy time with their family and make time for pursuing their hobbies and interests.

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