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Work Contract


There are several work contracts that researchers may have been offered. This depends on the research sector (private or public), duration of the appointment, and type of engagement required.

Salary, working hours, days off, sector (public/private), etc. may be different according to type of contract, category, etc.
A trial period of 3 up to 6 months is typically envisaged.
A monthly compensation (salary or wage – stipendio) is paid by the employer on a monthly basis.


Subordinate contracts (contratto di lavoro subordinato) can be of fixed term (a tempo determinato) or permanent (a tempo indeterminato). These contracts are subject to IRPEF (Personal Income Tax) and the regional tax IRAP.

Workers holding these contracts are enrolled to:

  • the Italian social security system (INPS)
  • the Italian Workers Compensation Authority (INAIL)
  • the Italian National Health System (SSN)

The enrolment to INPS and INAIL is managed by the employer (institution or company). The enrolment to the Health System should be managed by the worker and it is free of charges.