Pnrr, hunting for money for new hires

The government is studying the recruitment of other personnel in the Public Administration to meet the commitments of the National Recovery Plan. From the ministries the request for three thousand posts and the stabilization of precarious workers in Municipalities and Regions. But Palazzo Chigi is holding back because it is necessary to verify the financial coverage

Engineers, architects, statisticians, computer scientists. Public offices are thirsty for workers of this type to carry out the National Recovery Plan. Last year it was not possible to fill all the seats for these professional figures and many places were left uncovered, with peaks, in some cases, of 70 percent.

Shortage of personnel in municipalities

Things are going badly especially in the Municipalities and Regions, where it was expected to open the doors to 15 thousand technicians and experts while, at the end of 2022, just under 2,500 had entered. Merciless numbers, due to many reasons. Starting from the type of contract: normally with the Pnrr recruitment is fixed-term, the horizon therefore does not exceed 2026, the year in which all projects financed largely with European money (191.5 billion) should be brought to term.

Short-time work and low wages

The prospect of working for only a handful of years is not very attractive, and the wages are not the best, especially for jobs that the private sector rewards more. Added to all this is the lack of skills of those who already work in the Public Administration, especially in the local authorities of the South.

The cuts of the past weigh

As recalled by the Court of Auditors, the average age is high (50 years) among the personnel, also because in the last decade there was a substantial hiring freeze (in the Municipalities the personnel decreased by 27% between 2007 and 2020). A barrier raised to save public money and which still represents a brake.

Resource node

The government has in fact put its hands forward in the face of the hypothesis of three thousand new entries (in addition to those already foreseen) by 2026 in the state machine and the stabilization of precarious workers in local authorities with more than 36 months of service. First we need to see if there is enough money and the numbers could be greatly reduced, Palazzo Chigi made it clear.