Working & Living in Malta
LIVING IN MALTA
The Republic of Malta is a beautiful archipelago located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, over 350km from the North African coast on one end, and the island of Sicily on the other. Malta is enlisted as a place of historical importance due to its strategic location and the role this played in some of the most renowned battles, sieges and Wars. Malta is also home to some of the oldest archaeological sites in the world – even older than the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge in the UK – which are evidence of the dominant role this group of islands has played in all eras, since the dawn of the first Neolithic civilization: from the Phoenicians to the Carthaginians, to Roman, Byzantine and beyond. In 2004, Malta formed part of the European Union and officially replaced the Maltese Lira with the Euro currency, in 2008.
Maltese Archipelago is made up of a number of islands, three of which are inhabited – Malta, Gozo and Comino. The rest of the islands – Cominotto, Filﬂa, St. Paul’s Islands and Manoel Island – are much smaller in size and uninhabited. Malta is the largest of all islands where one ﬁnds the capital city, Valletta, and the place where most of the economic and touristic activity concentrated. Gozo is considered to be Malta’s pretty little sister, renowned for its much greener and untouched landscape, while Comino is mainly known for its beaches.
Malta’s climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers, warm and sporadically wet autumns, and short, cool winters with adequate rainfall. The temperature is very stable, with an average temperature of 18ºC, and ranging from 12º C to 31ºC from winter to Summer months.
Finding Jobs in Malta
The need to ﬁnd a job is without a doubt, the most important step in relocating to another country. It is therefore vital to research real possibilities of ﬁnding adequate employment, prior to making the move. Here are a number of ways for searching for jobs in Malta.
– Private recruitment agencies are the best bet of ﬁnding a job.
– The Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) is Malta’s public employment authority which houses a database of vacancies both in the public and private sectors.
– Printed newspapers remain a common source for vacancy adverts, although they’ve reduced in importance and are slowly being replaced by online channels.
– Job boards are becoming quite common as a means of job searching. These websites are a collection of vacancies from diﬀerent sources. Job boards are also a place for employers to advertise their vacancies.
Working in Malta
Economic stability and a relatively low unemployment rate when compared to the rest of the European countries, has led Malta to become a destination increasingly sought after by investors and employers seeking to set a foothold on the island. Due to its locals’ ﬂuency in the English language, increased employment opportunities and its warm climate, Malta attracts numerous foreigners seeking employment overseas.
The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English, with the former being the national language and the latter being considered as the language of business. With its Arabic, Italian, Sicilian, English and French influences, Maltese (or Malti, as pronounced in the local language) is the only Semitic language written in Latin characters, and it is also the only official Semitic language of the European Union.
The average annual salary in Malta is recorded as being €16,082, ranging from €26,552 among managers to €10,676 among elementary staﬀ. Salaries are very dependent on industry, with the highest paying being those related to the ﬁnancial and IT industries. It is also common for additional beneﬁts to be part of the remuneration package. This can include: Healthcare insurance, Mobile Allowance, Fuel/Car allowance, Commission, performance bonus, on call allowance. Working in Malta entitles employees to Government bonus of €512, payable in two instalments, at the end of June and December.