Maids and nannies, “mockery” increases the paycheck. Italian domestic workers are on the rise

MILAN – New minimum wages for housekeepers, carers and nannies have arrived. The news, which is highly anticipated by families and those who work regularly, starts as usual with the new year and was signed by the Ministry of Labor in the past few days.


The news of the new pay conditions was brought by Fidaldo, the Italian Federation of Household Employers, which spoke of a “ridiculous” pay rise “thanks to a small change in the ISTAT reference index”.

Fidaldo explains that “in total, minimum wage values ​​will increase by 0.56% compared to 2023, which corresponds to 80% of the Istat index (0.70%)”. “Good news for families who employ domestic workers – Federation Comment – allowing them to face the new year with more peace of mind and amortize the substantial increases seen last year when the minimum wage rose by 9.2% due to surging inflation” .

How do the salaries of housekeepers and co.

The same Homework Associations brief provides some examples of how wages for domestic workers and co. A classic housekeeper hired by the hour and classified at level B – illustrative note – will go from €6.58 to €6.62 per hour with an increase of €0.04 per hour worked, while a live-in carer for a dependent person, classified at level Cs, will go from 1,120.76 to 1,127.04 euros per month with a monthly salary increase of 6.28 euros. Finally, we would like to remind you that these are minimum values ​​that can already be absorbed in some cases by real wages, regulated by market logic”.

There are almost 900,000 domestic workers

The salary update comes almost simultaneously with the sector data contained in the Domino observatory. A document that records – based on the INPS figures for 2022 – a decrease of 7.9% of domestic workers compared to 2021: 80 thousand less due to – explains Domina – the end of the “amnesty”, the rule that allowed the regularization of many foreign domestic workers workers and the situation of increases recorded in the biennium 2020-2021 caused by greater regularization of employment during the pandemic.

Irregularities above 50%

In total, there are less than 900,000 domestic workers in Italy and it is a sector characterized primarily by a strong foreign component (69.5% of the total number) and a preponderance of women (86.4%). The trend of Italian domestic workers is also increasing (30.5%)”. There are cases like Sardinia, where Italians are more than eight out of ten.

Domestic work remains “one of the sectors with the highest rate of irregularities (51.8% compared to a national average of 11.3% for other economic sectors)”.

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