The paper focuses on new forms of irregularity emerging within the application of non standard contracts in Italy. By an empirical research in the province of Cagliari it has been found that non standard work is often characterized by gray areas very difficult to identify within a clear legal framework. Precisely, Non standard work can be improperly used by employers in order to lower production costs and disguise full-time subordinated working relations. The ultimate aim of the paper is to draw an analytical picture over the flexibility-irregularity relationship in Italy. The theoretical assumption asserting that the increasing use of non standard employment has always a positive effect on the reduction of the extent of irregular work is here criticized, while it is claimed the existence of a parallel mechanism of complementarity between irregularity and flexibility. The consequence on the supply side is the emergence of new social insecurities related to new type of irregularities.
Keywords: Irregular work, flexibility, precariousness, underground economy, flexicurity, inspection activity