Malta is a hub for investors and businesses bordering Africa and Europe, offering job opportunities for people across different sectors for both skilled and unskilled workers.
In the past three decades, Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, have managed to catch up with, and import knowledge across different regions.
What Makes Malta Suitable for Foreign Workers?
Various factors make Malta an ideal country for workers to stay and work in. Regardless of your qualifications, finding the perfect job in Malta is easy. Employers in the country offer great response rates to those looking for job opportunities. Here are some reasons why it is easy to find a job:
• Good hourly rates and attractive benefits
• No seasonality for job seekers
• Visa sponsored jobs
• Bi-lingual, prevalent English-speaking
• Fast work permit processing (esp. for employees earning + EUR 30k)
• Easy to approach employers
• Great weather all year round
• Safe environment
While many people believe that Malta is a tiny island with less population and even fewer job opportunities, this is far from the truth. The island has a big capacity of absorbing foreign workers.
What You Need to Work in Malta as a European Citizen
If you are a European Union citizen looking for a job in Malta, you don’t need a visa or work permit. However, if you intend to be in the country for over three months, you need to apply for an eResidence Card. You also have to register as a job seeker and proceed to apply for your social security number. Next, you should get a job and begin your life in Malta.
What if You Are a Third Country National?
If you come from outside of the EU and wish to work in Malta, things work a bit differently. While you need a visa to work in the country, getting it is dependent on a Maltese employer to request it through the authorities.
However, you first need to ensure that the job is registered and offered through Jobsplus. Also, a Maltese or European citizen has to be not suitable for the position. If it meets all these requirements, you then need to get all the required papers and fill out all the required documents such as a valid passport, health screening, a signed contract of employment, a cover letter from the employer, rental agreement, etc.
How Workers Are Being Protected?
While there is a low unemployment rate in the country, robotization may pose a certain degree of threat to most blue-collar employees. A robot tax has been imposed as a mitigating solution. The purpose behind adding on this tax to firms is to increase the benefit of using robots financially. This can then be utilized to retain all those citizens of working age affected by robotization.
The robot tax is seen as a prominent solution for Malta. The increasing likelihood that central banks are likely to begin issuing national digital currencies could help further facilitate the introduction of robot taxation.
This proposed tax will help protect those:
• with limited digital skills
• those in socially excluded communities
• the elderly
While digitalization is great for young and digitally savvy workers, elderly employees may end up being pushed out of the labour market due to the implementation of robots. However, in the long run, this will affect workers of all ages. The idea should be to protect workers of the general populous as a whole in order to better protect the people and the economy of Malta.