Malta has a highly-industrialised and service-based economy with numerous strong sectors and opportunities. Expats working in Malta will find themselves at a convenient pivot point between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This also attracts foreign companies and investors, who in turn are a source of employment for expats.
Job market in Malta
Malta's economy depends largely on foreign trade, manufacturing, tourism, IT, online gaming and financial services. There is a growing film industry and many well-known movies have been filmed in Malta. It also houses one of the largest merchant marine fleets in the world, attracting international shipping companies with favourable legislation and low taxes.
Most expats who don’t speak Maltese end up working in IT, internet gaming and call centres, or set up their own business in the country. Smaller businesses prefer local candidates who demand lower salaries and don’t need to adapt as much, while larger companies will often hire from abroad. Another plausible avenue for expats is to work for a Maltese company with foreign interests.
Finding a job in Malta
Although it is easier for citizens of the EU to find work in Malta, this can be difficult for expats from other countries. These foreign nationals require a Maltese work permit which can only be obtained once they secure a local job offer. Third-party nations are required to possess skills that are lacking in the country and must work in a sector with a particular demand for workers.
Expats looking for a job in Malta should search online or through local newspaper listings, or consider working through a recruitment agency. Organisations such as the Malta Chamber of Commerce host seminars and gatherings which provide a good way to network.
Working culture in Malta
The working week in Malta differs according to industry, but a standard 8am to 5pm workday is common. Overall, Malta's working culture is not dissimilar to that of the UK or the USA. Preparedness and punctuality are valued and meetings may skew towards formal. After working hours, however, the Maltese are sociable and often go out for drinks with coworkers. Expats will frequently be invited along and should always accept if possible, as this is a great way to make friends and assimilate into a new environment.
►For more on business etiquette, see Doing Business in Malta
"Malta is fast developing and catching up with the European lifestyle yet keeping a relaxed vibe. There are plenty of opportunities in the gaming and hospitality sectors. Banking also has good options." Read more of Marianna's interview about expat life in Malta.
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