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Excerpted from the Italy Career Guide

Italy's information and communication technology (ICT) market is the fourth-largest in Europe; recent figures indicate that the country is home to more than 90,000 active companies and 390,000 employees. Italy is also Europe’s third-largest market for the communications equipment and services industry, and the second-largest mobile communications market in Western Europe.

However, broadband coverage and penetration rates are lower than in neighboring France or Germany. In order to address this, the Italian government has recently established a ‘Digital Agenda,’ which is in line with the EU's Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE), a series of initiatives that aim to help Europe's citizens and businesses capitalize on digital technologies. Unfortunately, Italy lags in its implementation of the DAE, and as a result, its ICT sector is forecasted to suffer another fall in the market this year of nearly 6 percent. ICT sales dropped by 1.8 percent in Italy last year, ICT services fell by 4.7 percent and the telecom sector dropped 3.5 percent.

Areas of Job Promise

Despite its economic woes, Italy’s information technology needs are growing, and the demand is being driven by several different players. One such segment is large firms representing the utilities, retail and manufacturing sectors who are making a push to upgrade their current technology. Small and medium sized manufacturing companies from the fashion, furniture, food and mechanical automation industries are also investing in infrastructure software for new applications and in system hardware to help make them more productive and to enter new markets. Increasingly, even small Italian companies are seeing the value of investing in automation processes to help them compete in the market more effectively.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Associazione Informatici Professionisti
Association of Computer Science Professionals

http://www.aipnet.it/web/aip/home (Italian)
The Association of Computer Science Professionals is an association for IT practitioners. Its aims are to create a national roll (Albo) of IT workers and to become a point of reference within Europe. This website includes documents, publications, legal information and links.

Association of Computer Science Professionals
Via del Montebello, 14
06126 Perugia
Italia
Tel/Fax: +39 0755990186 or +39 3406638919 (mobile)
Email: segreteria@aipnet.it

Publications

Acacia Edizioni
http://www.acaciaedizioni.com/ (Italian)
Acacia Edizioni publishes several monthly magazines including IT publications such as PC Magazine and Computer Idea. PC Magazine in particular is one of the most well-known publications in the field. Established more than 20 years ago, PC Magazine is a monthly magazine specializing in the IT industry. It covers hardware and software solutions for professionals in small-to-medium IT businesses.

Acacia Edizioni
Via Riccardo Lombardi, 19/4
20153 Milano
Italia
Tel: +39 02 57429110
Fax: +39 02 57429102

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Italy Guide.



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