More than a million Italians work for less than 8 euros per hour

The average value of the annual gross salary of approximately 19.5 million workers operating in the private sector is just over 12,139 euros, while 1.3 million workers, accounting for 6.6% of the total, receive a gross hourly salary below 7.79 euros. These are Istat data on non-agricultural private sector workers that photograph an alarming situation in Italians’ paychecks in 2021, mostly unchanged compared to the increase in the cost of living. As a matter of fact, according to Istat data, there was a decrease in average wages in 2021.

Low-paid jobs are among apprentices (26.3% of the total), young people under 30 (12.3%), fixed-term contracts (11.5%) and positions in the South (10.9%), as well as among women It is concentrated among the positions he occupies. (7.1%) compared to (6.2%) experienced by men; The lowest share is seen among positions occupied by employees with at least a diploma (2.6%).

Low-wage jobs are also more common among short-term positions: 16.6 percent of positions lasting less than a month, 11.5 percent of positions 1 to 3 months, and only 2.7 percent of positions active all year round. The share of low-wage jobs among positions with a duration of less than 6 months decreased compared to 2020, but increased compared to 2019, especially among those with a duration of less than a month (-1.3 points compared to 2020 and +1, 2 points compared to 2019) ; The same dynamic exists between fixed-term positions (-0.7 and +1 points), part-time positions (-0.7 and +0.2 points), and in the Northeast (-0.1 and +0.2 points). is being observed. But low-wage jobs at large companies increased in both 2020 (+0.1) and 2019 (+0.3). Incidence of low-wage jobs among positions occupied by men (-0.3 and -0.1 points, respectively) and apprentices (-1.4 and -1.7 points, respectively) compared to 2020 and 2019 decreased. 6 months (-1.4 and -0.4 points) or indefinitely (-0.4 and -0.5).

Source: Today IT