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Factsheet for measure IT-2023-1/3080 – measures in Italy

One-off bonus for public employees

Bonus una-tantum per i dipendenti pubblici

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023
Context War in Ukraine, Cost of Living Crisis
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Increasing income in general
Author Alessandro Smilari (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini) and Eurofound
Measure added 17 February 2023 (updated 25 April 2023)

Background information

This measure is part of the Budget Law 2023, also called Law No. 197/2022. The Budget Law 2023 provides for many measures to contrast high energy costs and high prices. The measure was introduced to compensate for the non-payment of the deferral in renewing labour contracts, i.e. the contribution introduced by law in 1993 for the period between the expiry of a collective agreement (NCBA) and its renewal.

Content of measure

The allowance for public employees is 1.5% of gross salary. Beneficiaries of this measure are civil servants working in central administrations (i.e. the various ministries, tax agencies, non-economic entities such as INPS, INAIL and schools). As far as non-central public administrations are concerned, the bonus will be paid from their respective budgets.

The bonus will be paid in 13 monthly payments, directly in the pay slip, throughout 2023. It is clear that since the bonus is paid on a percentage of the salary, it will benefit higher incomes. Approximately €1 billion has been allocated to support this measure.

Use of measure

No data available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Other groups of workers
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No data about the involvement.

Views and reactions

No reactions about this measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      O - Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security O84 Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2023), One-off bonus for public employees, measure IT-2023-1/3080 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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