There are plenty of reasons why you should consider moving to Malta. The island offers over 300 days of sunshine, gorgeous beaches, a vibrant social life, free healthcare & education, and a general very easy-going lifestyle. But before you take the plunge and make the move, here are some things you need to bear in mind.
1. Make sure you have the right documents to work in Malta.
If you’re coming from a country in the European Union you don’t need any additional documentation to work in Malta, but if you’re a Third Country National there’s a checklist of items you need to get in order. You can find the full list here.
Once you’re settled, your HR department will usually be happy to assist with obtaining the relevant documentation such as residence cards, opening bank accounts, obtaining a social security number, etc.
2. Be smart about where you choose to live.
While Malta is a small country, the island is currently undergoing rapid development – meaning a significant increase in traffic, and fluctuating property prices. When choosing a place to live, do bear in mind your morning commute to work.
If you’re looking for a job in the iGaming industry, your best bet is to stick to the Sliema/Gzira/Msida area. If on the other hand you’re looking for a job in the financial services industry, you’ll want to be as close as possible to the Central Business District in Mrieħel.
If you won’t be driving whilst in Malta, look into a Tallinja card as soon as you can to benefit from reduced rates on public transport. Remember also that in Malta, people drive on the left-hand side of the road.
3. Time your move well.
Unless you already have a job lined up before you make the move, bear in mind that a lot of service work such as in the catering and hospitality industries is seasonal. Malta experiences a massive influx of tourists over the summer months, and many companies begin recruiting for their summer staff around April/May. December and January tend to be slower months for recruitment, especially in offices – but then there is a tendency to pick up around February.
4. Learn the language.
Malta is a bilingual country – most locals speak both Maltese & English fluently. There is also a large population comprised of foreigners, and a good understanding of English is necessary in most customer-facing jobs (unless your role specifically calls for your native language).