Mauro Busani, 26, from Parma, Italy, tells of his struggle to find work, as unemployment rate reaches a 36-year-high.
I have been unemployed for six months. I used to work for an IT company but last August one of our clients collapsed after being found guilty of tax fraud.
The company lost out on a €400.000,00 deal and made cuts. I was asked to take voluntary redundancy.
I started applying for jobs at the start of the year, approaching other IT companies, and speaking to old contacts but I found that many of them were in the same situation, either struggling or were closing down.
I signed up to employment agencies and job boards online. I’ve had five interviews in the last five months but still no luck.
There are hardly any jobs in my sector. Most of the jobs I apply for has almost 200 candidates going for the same job.
I’ve thought about going freelance or setting up my own company, but the taxes are too high.
And I can’t afford to set up own business when I am already in debt. The situation is horrible, but I’m not alone.
A lot of people my age are in the same situation, and whoever has a job is lucky to have one, even if they are underpaid and treated badly.
At the moment I’m living on my savings, but I’ve still got to pay my mortgage so I hope to find work soon, even if I have to change sector.