Compared to the rest of Italy, there are fewer lawyers in Tuscany: data from the Italian Association of Business Lawyers record an average of 3.4 per thousand inhabitants, compared to a national average of 4.1; Calabria, with 6.9 lawyers per thousand inhabitants, is the region with the highest average. However, Tuscany stands out in terms of female presence in the legal profession: in the judicial district of Florence, women lawyers are now the majority and represent 51.5% of the total; the same happens in the districts of Pisa (56.7%), Arezzo (55.5%), Grosseto (54.5%), Siena (54.3%), Pistoia (52.8%), Prato (52, 1%) and Livorno (50.2%). The same does not happen in the district of Florence (close to overtaking, with 49.7% of professionals) and in those of Lucca and Massa Carrara, where the female component represents respectively 47.7% and 46.8%.
As for the salary, the average income in the judicial district of Florence in 2020 was 36,649 euros, down by 6.9% compared to the previous year. As you can easily guess, the highest figure is that of the Florence district (42,496 euros, -7% compared to 2019), while the lowest was recorded in Massa Carrara (26,469 euros, – 11.5%).
Analyzing the national data, it emerges that in 1985 there were 3,450 women lawyers in Italy, equal to 9.3% of the total, 36 years later, in 2021, their number reached 115,250, i.e. 47.7% of the total. , slightly down (-1.3%) compared to the year of the pandemic (2020: 117,559 – 48% of the total). *
“When everything suggested that in the forensic profession women lawyers had already lit the arrow for overtaking – says Antonello Martinez, president of the Italian Association of Corporate Lawyers – however, there was a setback in 2021, in fact, the their number decreased by 2,300 units compared to the previous year, while that of their male colleagues, in the same period, decreased by “only” 891 units. A demonstration of the fact that, in the sector, it was the professionals who were the most affected by the impact of the Covid-19 emergency, especially in the management of children or other fragile family members “.
However, the overtaking has already occurred in the North, where in 2021 female lawyers are 51.1% of the total; in the Center, where the female component represents 48%, there are however “pink” regions such as Umbria and Tuscany, with respectively 52.7 and 51.4% of female professionals out of the total..
The orders with the highest percentage of female presence are those of Busto Arsizio (61.2%) and Rieti (59.8%) while, at the District level, the primacy is for Perugia which, with 52.7% , precedes Bologna (52.5%) and Brescia (52.4%).CopyAMP code
“The data of the Cassa Forense – adds Antonello Martinez – however, show a fairly clear gender gap in all regions, in terms of pay, between men and women: the income of the latter, in fact, is generally more than half lower than to that of their colleagues “. The gap is particularly evident in Lombardy, where the average income of women lawyers is equal to 39.8% of that of men (97,387 euros) and in Lazio (41.1%, equal to 26,614 euros vs 64,744 euros), while the regions where the inequality is less marked are Valle d’Aosta (70.1%, equal to 37,403 euros vs 53,309), Sardinia (57.2%, equal to 18,475 euros vs 32,264) and Friuli – Venezia Giulia (53, 8%, equal to 31,450 euros vs 58,466).
“In 1985 – explains Martinez – out of an Italian population of almost 56.6 million inhabitants, the professionals registered with the Cassa were 37,495: an average of 0.7 lawyers per thousand inhabitants. Thirty-six years later, out of a population that has grown by about 3 million people, the number of members (241,830) has increased sixfold, with a percentage that jumps to an average of 4.1 lawyers per thousand inhabitants, which rises in the south and on the islands. 5.3% “. Among the regions, Calabria has the highest average in Italy (6.9 lawyers per thousand inhabitants), followed by Campania (6.2) and Lazio (5.9). The regions that have, on the other hand, the lowest number of lawyers are, in order, Valle D’Aosta (1.3 per thousand inhabitants), Trentino – Alto Adige (1.7) and Friuli – Venezia Giulia (2.1).