Is it easy to find a job in Malta?
Yes and no. If you are a national of the European Union, of the European Economic Area (EEA), and of Switzerland, you might find vacancies in Malta faster than non-EU nationals. EU citizens do not need a work permit to be authorized to work in Malta. However, keep in mind that if you intend to stay longer in Malta, you would need to apply for an eResidence card at Identity Malta located in Valletta.
Why relocate and find a job in Malta?
Malta joined the European Union in 2004 and with a population of about 500,000 (growing steadily), it has become home to many expats. You might be asking yourself the question what is the reason so many foreigners choose Malta as their base to live and work.
Let’s shortlist some of the main points:
- The official languages are Maltese and English.
- Sun, a lot of summer days and nights!
- Malta is very close to Sicily, Italy and within short flight distance to major European countries and the Middle East.
- Attractive network of double tax treaties with more than 80 countries around the world.
- Major maritime hub: Malta Freeport is a main regional hub
- Malta is part of the Schengen area, which allows travel between member states without internal border controls.
- Political system is relatively stable.
- An educated and multi-lingual workforce and tax incentives to attract foreign professionals.
- High quality of life in a typical Mediterranean island lifestyle.
- Events! Malta has become a mecca for celebrities and pop stars.
- A fantastic selection of food to choose from. There is a huge expat community in Malta that offers pretty much any flavour of the world.
How to search for the right job?
Some people find a job through the word of mouth from their parents, friends, and acquaintances. This is a good way but if you really want to land a job of your dream you will need to make some efforts to have the edge on others who are competing for the same job.
As a recruitment agency, we receive a lot of requests every day from people who are looking for a job.
Yes, they are looking for “a” job and not “the” job.
Prior to applying for a job, check that the skills set and experience covered in your CV are relevant to the position you are applying for, as you might want to adapt it to make it more relevant. Some people never thought of sending a covering or motivational letter, as they feel their CV is sufficient. The additional information in the letter, as well as the motivation for applying for a particular job, might make you stand out next to other candidates. It is essential for the companies to know how much motivation you have and in which field you are an expert.
Here are two examples of requests that we receive:
“Hi, I am looking for a part-time job. I send you my CV. Please, help me!”
“Hello, my boyfriend is looking for a job in the administration field. Do you have any opportunities for him?”
These types of requests are rather vague and might give the impression that it is one of several applications sent by the same person. The recipients of such application are not likely to be interested in asking for more information. So, explain clearly what type of job you are searching for and relate to your educational background, skills set and experience. Let them know what you want and why. Underline in your curriculum the specific skills that are relevant to the job you are applying.
If you are wondering what steps you should take before applying for a job, here is some advice:
Create a contacts list to send your CV
Keep your CV and cover letter updated and well-finished
Contact the interviewers in person
Be kind and not insistent
You may also contact our recruiters! We will help you through the recruitment process, understanding how to add value to your application by getting to know you, your skills set and experience better to assist you in your next career move!
Still debating why relocate and find a job in Malta?
You may have come across interesting jobs in Malta in the sectors of Finance, Compliance and Technology. You might have also heard or read about the “Blockchain Island”. It is no secret that the online gaming industry contributes a substantial chunk to the Maltese economy or over 12 per cent of the local GDP.
According to market research report, “Bet365 claims to have more than 35 million customers, making it one of the world’s largest online gambling company.” You may not be aware of the fact but Bet365 just expanded their presence in Malta. One of the main drivers for this move is the current regulatory developments Malta has in place. This strategic move from Gibraltar to Malta has created hundreds of jobs not only for the locals but predominantly for expats. Hence, if you have experience in the online gaming industry, you might want to consider your skills and background as an asset and look for jobs in Malta.
What about “The Blockchain Island”? Where did that come from? On the 1stNovember 2018, Malta officially introduced the three laws establishing the regulatory framework governing Distributed Ledger Technology (the “DLT”), Blockchain Technology (the “Blockchain”) and Cryptocurrencies. That move made Malta the first country in the world to regulate this Crypto sector and offer a legal solution to many operators within the Blockchain space. Mass media attention followed and some of the biggest Cryptocurrency exchange operators saw an opportunity. Binance and Okex, some of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges by revenue, made the strategic move to set up their headquarters in Malta.
Why is it important to love your job?
The rocky waters of relationships on the job are best navigated with eyes wide open. We bring you tips on how to deal with the high-risk work-life triangle that can put more than your career in jeopardy. Working together is high risk, but offers high returns, too.
The saying ‘being married to the job’ is given a different slant if you actually work with your spouse.
In the recently released film, Good Night and Good Luck directed by George Clooney about the fight against Communism in America during the 1950’s, a couple is featured who hide the fact that they are man and wife because it is against the rules of their workplace, CBS television. One of them is obliged to resign. Thankfully we’ve come a long way from marital status interfering in the job. But being on the job with your romantic partner doesn’t necessarily mean a decline in efficiency. It could be a win-win-win situation.
Partners in every sense
Behind every great man is a great woman, says the cliché, and there might be a ring of truth in it. But the great woman needn’t be out of sight. She could be there right by his side. And vice versa.
The upside of working together is that your quality time as a couple can be increased. The typical eight-hour workday, which so often stretches out to nine and even ten hours, takes up the major portion of our lives. So it might make sense to spend it with your spouse, instead of snatching what little alone time you can get in between the chores and children. The commute to work, getting stuck in traffic even, can turn into quality time. So imagine what the whole day can do to your relationship?
But who rules the roosts?
Is it even politically correct at all to ask whether the woman can be boss at the office? A couple who run an IT company comment on their take on this situation. Mark’s opinion: “There are more pluses than minuses. Both of you have the same aims, you can help each other, both partners have a vested interest in the other’s success so there can be more enthusiasm.
“Because you’re on call 24/7, there’s more communication. You don’t need to set up meetings and you can discuss issues at any time. There is a danger in that you put all your eggs in one basket. On the other hand, if there are complementary skills you can make a great team.”
Clare says: “Working together is great if you have a good relationship and both are confident. You rate highly your partner’s eyes. You have to have high tolerance levels and avoid conflict and confrontation at all times – something you should do anyway as there are other ways of resolving differences – conflicts will spill over into your private life. You also have to learn to leave any private quarrels at home or work will be disrupted and other members of staff will feel uncomfortable.
“You may find you have company on a business trip – if your partner is your boss, he/she will encourage you to take time to go to children’s sports days etc. You will be more understanding about what is worrying your mate. You can pat each other on the back for your successes – both the hard times and the good times should bring you closer together.
“My advice is to be very clear not only about what you both want, but more importantly about what you both don’t want before you start the business – anything relating to tasks, workplace, hours etc. A good business plan and a contract is a good idea, same as you would have with any other person. Make sure you don’t take too many risks, such as raising capital by mortgaging your home, as you could both end up jobless and homeless.
“The downsides are, that should the business fail and one out of three do, you’ll both be out of work. When things are busy and you’re short-staffed, who’s keeping the home fires burning? It might erode a shaky relationship. And you may not be able to take holidays together for years.”
Business, affairs and hard work
Working with your partner will highlight the fissures and cracks that might not come to the surface when you work in different places and spend little time together. So don’t go for this option unless you both expect it to get tough. Some people freak out under pressure, or metamorphose into the office flirt. Then there is the example of the woman who, not wanting to give her better half any preferential treatment went to the other extreme and treated him coldly. “I was so shocked by her behaviour towards me that I wouldn’t accept it was really happening. She wouldn’t look me in the eye or show any kind of warmth whatsoever, not even a smile. I wasn’t expecting kisses and cuddles, but a private wink or raising of the eyebrows would have been enough. She was so nervous about not putting a foot wrong that it made me miserable. She didn’t explain it all to me for years afterwards.”
Your work life comprises one third, at least, of your waking day. Because of this, the shared interests that are part and parcel of the job, actual physical proximity and the camaraderie that ensues, the intimacy that is possible between people who work together might well make the workplace one of the best places to actually meet a partner. (It is also the reason why some women choose their husbands’ secretaries for them.) Add to the regular workday routine socialising as a team (team-building events), Christmas parties and trips abroad, and it is only a matter of time for relationships to form. Falling in love on the job might also add an exciting rose-tinted dimension to the humdrum and stress. All well and good when both parties are single, but how does it affect the married couple?
It can cause a strain, especially for the male who identifies himself with his job. A hotel receptionist whose wife is in reservations, describes his experience: “After six months of married life I thought I was going to explode. I didn’t have any time at all just for myself, and I missed that. Before, my job was part of who I was, outside of the relationship. Now I have to actively seek out ways of taking time-out during evenings or weekends. I feel selfish, but it’s for everyone’s benefit and sanity in the end.”
Keeping an eye on your partner throughout the day may be one way of preventing him or her from straying! This idea is an extension of that held by a social worker who has seen too many errant husbands bringing home trouble in one form or another. She explains: “I won’t even have Internet at home. I pretend that we cannot afford it, because I want to keep him away from the temptation of chatting with other women. I would love to work in the same place as my husband. He’s good-looking, and I hate to think of all those factory girls after him.”
Role’s up for grabs
Actually being in each other’s presence during the day could help to shake up the traditional expectation of who does what household chores back home. At the moment, the woman is still expected to do the grocery shopping, cook, do the cleaning and look after the children, even though she works full-time.
One couple still love to tell the story of the culture shock they had to go through when starting a business together. “Looking back now, we laugh at that first day. We had been at the shop together, newly weds, and we had barely made it through the front door than my husband asked, ‘Where’s the dinner?’ He couldn’t get his head round the idea that the meal wasn’t instantly ready like when he was at home with mum, but also it hadn’t occurred to him that this was something else to negotiate. Actually, we hadn’t thought about it much at all.”
A real bonus
Is having a partner at work ever seen as a benefit by employers? Yes. There are a few careers and situations where ‘bringing the wife along’ is actually encouraged. They are usually those involving travel to distant places or long periods of time away from home. A yacht skipper, whose wife is the chef or stewardess, is thought to be happier than someone who has to leave his wife at home for five months at a stretch.
The challenge of working with your partner is that any hiccoughs will be highlighted and could almost be put into the agenda of the weekly meeting. You cannot leave your relationship at home, it is part and parcel of who you are. If the relationship is strong on the whole, it will survive the proximity. Just as there are those who would advocate never getting your husband to teach you how to drive, there are others who like to do everything as a couple. Shared interests could be the bonds that keep married couples together in the long term. In these turbulent, confusing times, that’s worth thinking about.
Still not convinced? Let us help you!
Whether you are looking for a full time job in Malta, part time job in Malta or even a remote job in Malta, finding your dream international job, especially straight out of university with just internship experience, can be very scary. Programs to work abroad might help you a lot to start with, but only in short term perspective. Having a supportive recruiters to trustworthy employers is the perfect balance to have as you plunge into the unknown abroad.
At VacancyCentre (VC), a leading recruitment agency in Malta, we may assist and advice through your career path so that you can land a dream job in Malta.
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