The aim of this paper is to analyze the descriptiveness of official labour market indicators in front of the increase of employment contracts in Italy. In fact, new work conditions, like para-subordination, could be considered invisible for old analytical categories and for those who uses them in the policy process. The first part of this paper summarizes some of literature contributions about the relationship between the "technique" of the labour market indicators and the political conventions supported by those indicators. In the second part, based on the Italian Labour Force Survey data, tries to evidence the limits of key indicators on describing the segment of para-subordinate work. With the conclusive reflections the two parts will be rejoined. In fact, while on the one hand the labour market indicators fail describe the new work conditions, on the other hand an excessive attention to this indicators in the public policy process, will characterize the policies by the same weakness of main indicators, reducing the democracy in the decision making process.
Keywords: Para-subordinate work, techniques of the labour market indicators, political conventions, democracy