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New research carried out by the Department of Sociology of Sapienza University in Rome, reveals that 85% of all new job contracts signed in the Italian capital in 2009 were temporary contracts. This is a very high figure compared to other regions of Italy where temporary contracts accounted for between 65% and 70% of all new contracts during the same year, Italian daily Corriere della Sera reports.
The number of temporary contracts exceeded the number of temporary employees, which indicates that temporary employees worked on several different contracts throughout the year.
The employment rate in Rome was 60% in 2009 compared to a 58% average for the whole of Italy. 22% of Romans worked in the public sector in 2009 compared to a 14% average for the whole of Italy.
In 2009, 77% of Roman workers were employees, 15% were self-employed, 1% was on professional training contracts and 3.5% had so-called 'informal' jobs.