The demand for engineers in Italy is growing


Emma Potter

Civil engineers and architects + 13.2% compared to 2022

L'industry continues to prove itself as the main employment sector for engineers, with a 9.4% increase in the request for engineering profiles compared to 2022.

However, there was one 9% decrease in demand in the information sector.

The civil engineers and architects they saw one growth of 13.2%driven by investments in the construction sector and by the measures of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

Other growth sectors includebiomedical and management engineeringwhich are becoming increasingly popular among university students.

Demand is increasing in the regions of central Italy and the south

Regionally, the demand for engineers is grew up in Central and Southern Italywhile it is decreased in the Northparticularly in the North-East, where the demand for electronic and IT profiles has seen a significant decline.

This phenomenon can be attributed to the variations in investments linked to the PNRR, which favored the central and southern regions so much so that the number of hirings of civil engineers and architects increased increased in those regions by 28.6% in just one year.

Availability of graduates does not meet demand

The great variety of sectors that require engineering skills testifies to the versatility and theadaptability of these professionals to the changing needs of the market.

Companies increasingly require a solid basic preparation, which allows them to face modern challenges such as digitalisation, energy efficiency and economic management.

The demand for engineers in Italy exceeds the available supply, with companies finding it difficult to fill around 60% of open positions. Searching for profiles in electronic and information sector it is particularly difficult, with 65% of these hires considered difficult. On the contrary, the situation is less critical for biomedical and management engineerswhere hiring difficulties fall below 50%.

The report from the Study Center of the National Council of Engineers also reports a marked increase in demand for energy and mechanical engineersdriven by the PNRR initiatives related to the energy transition, but limited by scarcity of candidates.

From the press release by Antonio Felici, head of the Press Office of the National Council of Engineers