Work in Malta


Looking for career prospects in Malta? What are your chances? How to proceed to find a job there? Find the answers to your queries in this article.

Malta is world famous for its postcard beaches and landscapes above all. Indeed, the world's smallest archipelago has become a top destination over the years for expatriation. But besides that, Malta also provides career prospects which many foreigners have been enjoying since a few years. Indeed, finding a job in Malta is possible, although it might not be an easy task. So make sure to have all relevant information about conditions and requirements before proceeding.


Unemployment rate in Malta is relatively low, that is at 5,8% over a population of more than 420,000 inhabitants, although crisis and the lack of jobs is still a major concern elsewhere in the world. As a Mediterranean English-speaking country, Malta hosts a dynamic expatriate community which keeps on renewing every year.

Malta's economy mainly relies on online games, finance, tourism and information and communication technology. These are, in fact, the major job providers in the country. More specifically, 75% of jobs in the country are provided by the services sector while 22% are found in the manufacturing sector and 3% in agriculture.

Labor market

Nationals of the European Union (except Croatians), of the European Economic Area (EEA) and of Switzerland, do not need a work permit to be authorized to work in Switzerland.

Non-European nationals and Croatians, on the other hand, have to apply for an Employment license to be allowed to work in the country. Moreover, they stand more chances of being hired by a local company by having a good command of English and strong knowledge and skills in ICT.

Apply for an employment license

In case you need an Employment license, you should follow the procedures detailed by local authorities in the following guide: Guidelines on Employment Licences.

The following documents also have to be produced:

  • a duly filled and signed application form (to be downloaded from the Public Employment Service website 
  • a document detailing your particular skills and qualifications if these are in great demand locally
  • your resume
  • a valid visa a copy
  • your travel document (passport) a copy
  • a recruitment letter
  • the job description
  • job references
  • three passport size identity photos
  • a cover letter issued by the employer.

Find a job

Job offers in Malta are abundant on the Internet. But beware! You must have the best profile to stand above the lot. In case you neither have skills in information and communication in technology nor in finance, you can still turn to the Employment and Training Corporation website. Feel free to subscribe to its job newsletter.

Consider checking classified ads in local newspapers as well. You can also find recruitment agencies across the country. These can help you find the best job according to your profile more rapidly. And why not contact local firms directly once you have sent them spontaneous job applications?

Indeed, spontaneous job applications are the best way to land a job in the archipelago. It will be even better if you are already on the spot. So good luck!

 Useful links: – Jobs in Malta – Working in Malta Forum 
ETC - Employment and Training Corporation
ETC- Guide for non-UE nationals
ETC – Living and working in Malta
Times of Malta
The Independent
Monster Malta
Malta jobs

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