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Working in Malta: Contracts, wages, sectors and opportunities

Do you wish to come and work in Malta? You’ve chosen the right destination. Thanks to a very large employment pool and many opportunities, Malta is the ideal place to move to. Before embarking on this new adventure, it is important to learn about the island’s working conditions. How to find a job in Malta? Where to look? Which sectors are recruiting? What are the salaries?

Here you will find all the necessary information.

Employment contracts in Malta

Any employment activity is governed by an employment contract. The following information is very general and may change depending on the job, on the company and on possible negotiations.

Working time

A working week usually consists of 40 hours, but can go up to more than 48 hours.

The probation period

There is often a 6-month probation period during which employee and employer can freely terminate the contract.

Paid leave

Depending on your position and the conditions of your contract, you will have approximately 25 days of paid leave per year.

Sick leave

You are entitled to an annual quota of days taken off with sick leave. It can reach up to 30 days, depending on your employment contract. For example, the first 15 days may be fully paid, while the remaining 15 would be half-paid.

What are the wages in Malta?

In general, wages are pretty low in Malta!

Minimum wage in Malta

The minimum wage is approximately €760 gross per month. A very low salary, considering the real estate prices on the islands. Fortunately, many jobs on the island offer a better wage.

Average wage

The average salary in Malta amounts to around €1,000 net. On the other hand, you can expect to receive a higher salary in certain professional fields such as igaming, finance, real estate, human resources, and marketing.

Which sectors are recruiting?

Many sectors are recruiting in Malta, among which you can find the following (a non-exhaustive list):

  • Tourism
  • IT
  • Hotel and Catering
  • Igaming
  • Events
  • Banking and finance
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Booking platforms

In which areas are most job offers located?

The employment pool is located in a well-defined area, spanning from Saint Julian’s to Valletta. In Gozo, jobs are mostly to be found in Victoria, the capital, although Gozo in general does not offer many working opportunities.

How to find a job in Malta?

Finding work is much less formal and procedural in Malta than in many other countries. You could be employed overnight if a company is anxious to hire.

Recruitment agencies

There are various recruitment agencies in Malta, which regularly post job offers:

 

You will find all information about Jobsplus, your employment centre in Malta, here.

Actively Searching

It is very common to find work by directly approaching local companies and presenting yourself as a job seeker.

LinkedIn is also very useful for finding remote work.

Consultant agencies

Feeling lost? Consultant agencies will guide you in your job search and give you all necessary tips for a successful move to Malta.

What level of English is required to find a job in Malta?

Generally speaking, it is important to have a good command of English to work on the island. Finding a job is not easy when you do not know how to properly express yourself.

Minimum level

A minimum of a B2 level will be required for customer-facing jobs, as well as for most higher-paid positions.

For all those who have a lower level, your search may be more difficult. The igaming sector is constantly on the look-out for new staff. Jobs that do not require dealing with customers, such as kitchen porter or housekeeper, may also be accessible.

Essential documents for working in Malta and administrative procedures

Here we will talk about the documents and procedures that concern European Union nationals. For non-EU nationals, these documents may vary depending on your country of origin. Check with your embassy or consulate.

Apart from your passport, no document is required to work in Malta as long as you are a native of a country in the Schengen area. However, some administrative steps will to be taken promptly, especially regarding social security and taxation.

Social security

You will need to request a Social Security Number as soon as you start working. The request can be quickly made online, on the Social Security Malta website. You will receive your number by email a few days after your request.

Tax contributor number

As an employee in Malta, you will need to obtain a local tax contributor number.

Please note: Your number is automatically created when you request a social security number. It will be sent to you within a few weeks. You can also apply from the tax office located in Floriana:

Taxpayer Service servizz.gov

Block 4

Vincenzo Dimech Street

Floriana

FRN 1900

Malta

Residence card

The residence card is a mandatory document which you must apply for within the first 3 months of your presence in Malta. To request it, you will need to have your social security number, your tax contributor number and an address in Malta.

Our advice

Make sure your resume is written in correct English

Have it checked by other people and corrected by a spell checker.

Make yourself known

Get in touch with companies, make yourself known on social networks, post ads. In short, make yourself visible!

Working in Malta: In conclusion

Whether for a short experience abroad, or for a more permanent move, you have chosen the right country to come to! Malta offers great business opportunities in various sectors.

Despite relatively low wages in some sectors, it is possible to achieve better-paid positions.