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Italy: Pay and benefits

Original author: Massimo Pallini
Updating author: Giacomo Matto

Summary

  • Pay rates are set by collective agreements or the individual employment contract. (See Pay - general)
  • Wages must generally be paid monthly, and employers must give employees a written statement of gross wages. (See Payment of wages)
  • Save for certain exceptions, employers may not make deductions from employees' wages. (See Deductions)
  • Male and female employees must receive equal pay for "like work". (See Equal pay)
  • Italy does not have a statutory or agreed national minimum wage, although collective agreements set out minimum rates. (See Minimum wages)
  • All employees must be insured under the compulsory state pension scheme, and collective agreements may require the employer to pay a proportion of an employee's wages into an occupational pension scheme. (See Pensions)
  • Employers are obliged to deduct income tax from employees' pay. (See Income tax and social security)
  • There are various rules regarding pay for employees absent from work due to sickness and other reasons. (See Pay for employees not at work)