Malta: a sunny, English-speaking alternative to the UK
Living in Malta is truly ideal for a long list of reasons:
- Quite an ideal spot in the Mediterranean sea
- Mediterranean climate
- 300 days of sunshine a year
- Fantastic sea and beaches
- Safe place to live, great for families
- Lots of fun
- High speed internet access
- Great history
- English-speaking territory
- Culture and entertainment options
- Low cost of living when compared to other parts of the EU (rents, fuel, etc.)
- Cheap public transport
- High standards of healthcare (free) and education, and, above all, low taxation.
Needless to say, the latter was sufficient to attract plenty of start-ups, digital nomads, translators and, in general, people wishing to lead a feasible freelancing life. Setting up a start-up in Malta is extremely easy thanks to the simplified bureaucracy, low costs of personnel and low taxation.
Work and economy in Malta
Suppose you don’t run your own start-up but wish to live in a sunny English-speaking country earning your living as an employee. What has this island got to offer?
Most of the Maltese economy revolves around finance and IT; particularly thriving is the iGaming industry which employs around 7000 people. Web developers and Online Marketers are the most requested profiles, but there’s space also for those who do not have technical skills and would be happy to work within customer services. Fancy, for instance, becoming a multilingual live dealer for a year or so? Vacancies are quite common and no special skills are generally requested, apart from being multilingual.
Malta offers a good possibility of employment also for those with experience in transport and logistics.
Here’s a list of average wages sorted by profession:
- Accounting Manager – circa € 60,000 per year
- PA – circa € 50,000 per year
- Financial manager – circa € 40,000 per year
- Software Engineer – circa € 40,000 per year
- Product Manager – – circa € 35,000 per year
- Network Manager – circa € 30,000 per year
- Project Manager – circa € 30,000 per year
- Programmer– circa € 28,000 per year
- UI Developer – circa € 26,000 per year
- Mechanical Engineer – circa € 25,000 per year
- Chef (High-level restaurant) – circa € 25,000 per year
- Technical Consultant – circa € 25,000 per year
- Web Designer – circa € 24,000 per year
- Customer Service Team Leader – Call Centre – circa € 18,000 per year
- Receptionist – circa € 15,000 per year
- Security Guard – circa € 14,000 per year
- Labourer – circa € 14,000 per year
- Waiter – circa € 12,000 per year
As far as unskilled work is concerned, it is generally more difficult to find. The recent high competition from Italian and Spanish people in particular has lead to a decrease in wages which, in the last year, saw a fall of 20%. Salaries are generally low, the minimum national wage is, in fact, only 4.05 Euro for full time and 5.00 Euro for part time. Needless to say the less qualified the work, the lower the wage. With a monthly income of 800 Euro, it is surely still hard living even in a relatively cheap country such as Malta. I therefore wouldn’t advise you to go to Malta if your job doesn’t allow you to reach at least € 1200/1400 monthly, at a bare minimum in order to live decently.
Furthermore, I wouldn’t advise this class of jobseeker to go to Malta specifically to look for a job during the summer season.
National Insurance Number and residency in Malta
National Insurance number and request of residency are essential in order to work in Malta.
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If you are not an English native, remember that English is compulsory here for any profession.
Accommodation in Malta
Areas such as St Julians or Sliema, being popular areas, offer the most expensive solutions, but it is possible to find one bedroom flats for only 300 Euro in less glamorous parts of the islands. Accommodation can be sorted through agencies in 90% of the cases, and from October to February there’s generally more choice.
Most importantly, you need to be directly on the spot to look for stable accommodation.