Living and Working in Malta

Living and working in Malta

Rich in history, Malta has a lively contemporary and cosmopolitan feel to it.  The Islands are fast becoming one of the most sought-after relocation destinations for young- and mid-career professionals.

Malta is in a unique position among a new breed of desirable, world destinations for living and working.  It has much in its favour and few rivals in many aspects. Malta has a compelling combination of factors that make it an interesting place to make your next move to, key among which are its:
  •     Business environment
  •     ICT, financial, legal and goverment infrastructure
  •     Cost of living
  •     Location
  •     Lifestyle & Culture
It is the combination of these factors that makes Malta a potentially unique proposition for the businesses as a start-up or relocation destination and for professionals on the move.
There are already some 250 foreign-based companies on the Islands employing over 6,000 people. A major catalyst for ICT job creation in Malta is the development of SmartCity Malta; the first overseas’ expansion of the successful Dubai SmartCity concept. .

The Islands offer an enviable outdoor lifestyle. In fact, it’s a place that has an excellent work-life balance.  The working atmosphere in the ICT sector is mainly relaxed and informal while the firms themselves are often at the cutting edge of ICT developments, operating globally from a Malta base.  This combination of professionalism, opportunity and excellent lifestyle has seen the Islands rise in popularity as a relocation destination for both ICT firms and staff alike.  The Islands are also cosmopolitan while retaining their own distinct charm and character.  Nationalities from across the globe rub shoulders here.  The Islands are also very family-friendly, as is the norm in Mediterranean cultures.

English speaking

Malta is an English-speaking destination by virtue of its historic ties with Britain.  It has a strong English language teaching (ELT) sector which welcomes students of all nationalities and ages for language-learning stays on the Islands. Malta in fact has two official languages, English and Maltese which is a unique, Semitic language derived from ancient Phoenician.  English is the main language of business while official communications from government are published in both languages.

EU member state

Malta joined the European Union as a member state in 2004.  It therefore has the obligation to accede to all EU legislation, known as the Aquis Communautaire.  Prior to joining, Malta was already well advanced in its adoption of EU law in many key sectors, such as financial services.  It was also well ahead in promoting investment in ICT infrastructure, which is a main thrust of many EU policies. Malta has also adopted the Euro currency in January 2008.