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English Electrician looking to relocate to Malta with family

Hi All,

I'm Gary, a fully qualified & Experienced English Electrician and test engineer with teaching & training experience.
i've got over 25 years experience and have been everything from tea-boy to director and everything in between in my time.

I'm looking to move to Malta in July 2017 (waiting for one kid to complete GCSE's).

I am unsure at this time whether i should go self - employed or try to get a job, i should imagine that'll depend on how much Electricians get paid.

in the UK wages are averaging £35k pa (40k pa euros), i'm expecting a drop of about a third,

Are there any Construction bosses or even electricians on here that could enlighten me further.

the plan is to live in St Paul's Bay.

thanks in Advance.

Hi Gary,

As there are no takers I will at least give you a couple of my thoughts.

I'm also an electrical controls engineer, retired thankfully, and moving over soon.

What I can say is that you will make very little progress with anything in Malta unless you are actually here.

Take a look at the jobs sections on this forum (at the top), Facebook and Maltapark to get some idea what available and what you might expect to earn. Unfortunately, just because it's advertised doesn't mean there is a vacancy, it's a bit like UK Jobcentres.  :)
Same applies to accommodation.
I've not done any research into the technical requirements and qualification differences between UK and Malta but  I would think that doing your own thing would be the way to go, eventually.

Ray

RayAucote :

Hi Gary,

As there are no takers I will at least give you a couple of my thoughts.

I'm also an electrical controls engineer, retired thankfully, and moving over soon.

I've not done any research into the technical requirements and qualification differences between UK and Malta but  I would think that doing your own thing would be the way to go, eventually.

Ray

Judging by the state of most of the houses built here I don't think there are any 'Technical requirements or qualifications' to  be an electrician, or a plumber or bricklayer for that matter!!!

Ray
:joking:

Having done a bit of research out of interest it seems that if you have qualifications from an EU member state then these should be valid in Malta.
As to your other comment I would say that not many countries anywhere on Earth come close to UK standards in Elec, Water or Gas.
This is perhaps because the UK may be a bit  " over regulated ".  Personally I'm glad to be out of it now.   :D

Ray

:)

Thanks for the replies lads,

Just to explain briefly,  my situation is 'slightly Privileged' to a degree.

We have our best friends moving over in October, on a permanent basis. they have been backwards and forwards several times a year for the past few years as their daughter lives there with her 'soon to be' Maltese husband.

They own lots of properties and businesses on both Malta and Gozo, so accommodation is sorted, we will just rent one of theirs (we are all like family).

Work is my 'great unknown', i have been a S/E Electrician (a very good one ~ bragging is justified~) for 20+ years here in London and have worked on places of every description.

i have a fantastic reputation here and have been designing and installing electrical systems for about 15 years, i have many architects, Landscapers, Interior Designers etc  as clients who often want cutting edge designs that use the very latest technology to 'Wow' their clients.
I also fit that light that the lady down the road brought on-line or fit a outside socket for the bloke who rings up from the local paper advert........
Anything that pays the bills, But my point being, I can do flash and simple and willing to cover the entire Island, which 'apparently' is NOT the norm in Malta.

from what I can gather, if you are in, for example, Silema, then you would need to find a tradesman that works in the Silema area because 'Apparently' Tradesmen in Malta rarely travel to other areas, instead they tend to stick to just one area.

that to me doesn't make sense on such a small Island..........unless there is some legal restriction, maybe some form of 'trading licence' issued to work in a set area or similar. (can't see that but you never know).

As for qualifications, I have every (14) city & guilds for electrical work available in the UK because i taught in colleges and training centres you have to hold the qualification before you can teach it so you just keep training and it sort of becomes a normal progression.
Anyway, I also have teaching and assessing qualifications (city & guilds) and Air Con level 2 city & guilds and ALL are recognised in Malta.

I would need to have a verbal interview with the electrical regulations board in Malta to obtain my 'Electrical Licence A1' before I can call myself an Electrician in Malta, but that's a formality and wouldn't be a problem.

The wife has a degree in early years education so she would be looking either to get a job in that sector or possibly start a business.

Money seems to be the sticky point, S/E seems to be the only way to go.

whats the tax rate in Malta and where do tradesmen advertise their services ?

we have yellow pages, Thomson local, various local papers and community magazines, what does Malta have ?

if someone wanted a tradesman where would they look for an advert or such like ?

Sorry for all the waffle but best to ask everything and hopefully get 'some' answers.

i am over in January 8th for a week, visiting, so i'll be out and about nagging people for answers then.

i've got a wife and 6 kids so want to get this right.
it is all about quality of life and a safe environment for the family but you need money to live.

cheers guys, i'll be happy to meet up with anyone in January for a pint and a chat too.

Gary.

You may not find it easy to get work as a lot of locals will only use a Maltese electrician, you may get some work with ex pats who own their accommodation, also you may need to speak some Maltese.

It isn't true that tradesmen only work in specific areas. As you said,  the island is small so locality isn't an issue.

Locals ask family or friends for recommendations when they need a tradesman so it will be a little difficult to find work in the first year or so.  However, people do occasionally contact tradesmen who advertise on the newspaper.  You can also consider promoting your business by posting on local facebook groups (without overdoing it or you will look desperate!).

Incidentally, on today's newspaper there is a call for appliations for experienced electricians and plumbers to work for an energy projects company.

thanks everyone

Check out the keepmeposted.com.mt  website for job vacancies.

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