Stable work risks disappearing, the new contracts say so

The data emerges from the INAP report. Fadda: “Non-standard contracts have become a structural requirement of post-Covid recovery”

Flexibility, good or bad, is becoming the only form of work in Italy. There is a fact, contained in the INAPP report presented today, which more than others signals the transformation taking place. Stable workif the trend detected in 2021 were to be confirmed, risks disappearing.

Last year 68.9% of new contracts were on a fixed-term basis (14.8% on a permanent contract). Overall, atypical work (i.e. all forms of contract other than a full-time permanent employment contract) represents 83% of new hires with an increase of 34% in the last 12 years. It means that of the new contracts made only 17% are full-time and stable.

“The theme of the growing increase in non-standard contracts represents a constant of the Italian employment development model, which went through the first crisis 2007-2008, to the point of becoming a ‘structural’ requirement for the post-Covid recovery”, highlighted the president of INAP. Sebastiano Fadda.

The thesis is supported by the longitudinal comparative analysis for the periods 2008-2010, 2016-2018 and 2018-2021 of those in precarious employment. In all these periods, ‘good flexibility’ has led to stable employment between 35 and 40%. Of the remainder, again three years later, one share continued to carry out precarious work (between 30 and 43% depending on the three-year period), another lost their job and is looking for work (16- 18%), yet another left the workforce declaring itself inactive (17% in 2021, in 2010 it was 3%).