Workforce and employment


What kind of workforce do we have in Sardinia? Which are the available human resources for a company that chooses to be located in the Island?

According to the latest available data in December 2019, 56% of the 687,800 work units is represented by the male labour force and the remainder by the female one. The activity rate is on average around 63.3% in the 15-64 years age groups; a slight but steady increase from 2017.

In 2018, 52.7% of Sardinian people are employed. Female employment shows a slight recovery from 2015; today is around 45%, while male employment rate slightly improves (60.4% in 2018; 1.7% increase compared to 2017).

People employed in services are growing, while those who work in the industrial sector remain stable. The number of workers employed in services exceeds 453.000 work units, while the industrial sector provides work to 56.700 people.

The prevalent type of work is the dependent one. The employees stand around 178.000 units. In Sardinia, companies mostly work in the area of services, among which 29.722 companies in the commercial activity (wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles), professional and scientific activities (15.964), manufacturing activities (7.325), construction activities (13.010),  accommodation services and catering activities (10.322).

Sardinia’s unemployment rate in 2018 is equal to 15.4% (down 1.6% compared to 2017).

There is thus a wide basin of workforce to employ in steady jobs through the establishment of new productive activities and retraining the outgoing workers from the traditional industrial sectors or from sectors suffering for the current economic crisis. Furthermore, thanks to orientation and professional formation paths undertaken by the Region, the high value-added competences will grow to respond to the needs of the companies.

Updated on 25/05/2020