The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of over 400,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 square kilometres. Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. Comino, the smallest of the trio, has one hotel and is largely uninhabited. With the superb sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.
WORKING CONDITIONS IN MALTA
Since Malta joined the European Union, this has eased the mobility of EU workers and means that employers have access to a much larger pool of workers than before. Admittedly, there may be some inherent barriers to language and culture that make this process challenging. For this reason, the European Union has purposely set up the European Employment Services (EURES) in order to aid the mobility of workers across the EU member states as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. EURES provides information and advice on employment opportunities in other European countries, as well as information on conditions of work, health and safety issues, accommodation, the education, healthcare, training opportunities, transport, culture and the general lifestyle in particular countries. You can find more information about working conditions in any EURES member state on the EURES Portal.
The EURES Malta team, which is within Jobsplus, provides services to both employers and mobile workers. Services include the provision of advice on a wide range of topics, promotion of vacancies, matching and shortlisting of CVs as well as local and EU wide events. The contact details for Malta’s EURES advisers can be found here.
EURES Malta – [email protected]
Since 30th April 2011, citizens from the EU, EEA / Switzerland and their family members, do not require an employment licence to work in Malta. However, the citizens of some of the newer EU members may be subject to transitional agreements. You can find more information on transition agreements by following this link. With respect to citizens outside the EEA / Switzerland, an employment licence is required that is subject to labour market considerations. Further information can be found at on the Jobsplus website.