Updated 9 months ago

Malta is world famous for its postcard-worthy beaches and beautiful landscapes. Indeed, this tiny island nation has become a top destination over the years for expats, attracting newcomers with its attractive climate and topography. But beyond its natural beauty, Malta also provides varied career prospects that many foreigners have been enjoying in recent years. 

Finding a job in Malta is entirely possible, but it’s important to understand the market and labour needs to ensure your skills will enable you to land the job you want. Be sure to look at the relevant information about conditions and requirements before proceeding.

Economy in Malta

The unemployment rate in Malta is, as of 2017, the third lowest in the EU at only 4.1% for a population of more than 436,000 inhabitants. The recession of the late 2000's did not impact Malta as harshly as other countries.

As a Mediterranean English-speaking country, Malta hosts a dynamic expatriate community that continues to grow every year. The relative ease of finding work makes it an even more desirable destination.

Malta's economy is mainly focused on online gaming, finance, tourism, and information and communication technology. Most expat workers coming to Malta find opporunities within these major industries.

Labour market in Malta

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 Malta. If you do intend to live and work in Malta, however, you are required to obtain your eResidence card at Identity Malta.

Non-European nationals and Croatians, on the other hand, have to apply for an employment licence to be allowed to work in the country. Your employer can apply for your Single Permit while you are still abroad or you can apply in-person after arrival.

Having a solid command of the English language as well as other desirable skillsets will increase your chances of being offered an employment licence as a Third Country National.

Apply for an employment licence

In case you need an employment licence, follow the procedures detailed by JobsPlus and Identity Malta.

The following documents will likely also have to be produced:

  • The appropriate application form duly filled and signed;
  • a document detailing your particular skills and qualifications if these are in great demand locally;
  • your CV;
  • a valid visa and copy;
  • your travel document (passport) and copy;
  • a recruitment letter;
  • the job description;
  • job references;
  • passport size identity photos; and
  • a cover letter issued by the employer.

Find a job in Malta

Job offers in Malta are abundant on the Internet. Sites like JobsPlus and EURES can help you identify open positions. Feel free to subscribe to job newsletters to get an idea of all available postings well before you leave your home country.

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.

You can also contact local companies directly with your CV. Malta has a booming economy and many businesses are growing quickly. Hiring is done on a regular basis for the popular industries of i-Gaming and financial services.

 Useful links:

JobsPlus
Keepmeposted
Monster Malta
Malta jobs

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