Nothing is as important during your expansion as hiring the right employees. Although most companies know they need a strong workforce full of talented individuals, they know less about where to find them and how to meet Malta’s employment compliance laws. Plus, many companies don’t have the time to recruit and onboard employees while running the parent company and other locations.
Globalization Partners can fill your hiring needs by acting as the Employer of Record. We can use our Malta subsidiary to hire employees who we assign to work for your team. Then, our team will onboard your employees and meet all taxation requirements, employment compliance laws, and more. You can count on us to save you time and additional hassle.
Recruiting in Malta
Expanding in Malta certainly has its advantages for international businesses. That said, it introduces a number of challenges as well. For many companies, navigating cultural differences is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to staffing and recruiting overseas.
Malta’s business etiquette doesn’t differ too much from what you would expect in the United States or other Western countries, but there are still a few cultural nuances that you should keep in mind. Your first impression on a prospective employee can make all the difference in developing a business relationship that will last as your company grows. Consider the following tips as you start setting up meetings and interviews with potential hires in Malta.
1. Make Punctuality a Priority
If you’re used to working in a country where time management is highly valued in business settings, you’ll fit right in when you’re recruiting in Malta. It’s important to schedule meetings and interviews well in advance and to arrive on time. If you do find yourself running a few minutes behind schedule on the day of a meeting, it’s a good idea to give the candidate a call and let them know about the delay ahead of time.
2. Consider the Culture Surrounding Gifts
While it’s not necessary to exchange gifts during business meetings in Malta, giving a candidate or a new hire a small present is always a nice gesture. If you do want to bring a gift, consider a specialty from your country of residence. Beverages and desserts are always appreciated.
3. Dress Conservatively
The typical dress code in Malta can vary depending on what industry your company is in. For the most part, though, conservative clothing is a safe choice. Men typically wear suits and ties in business settings, while women tend to wear suits or dresses.
A Look at the Recruitment Process in Malta
As in any other country, sourcing talent is one of the earliest steps of the recruitment process in Malta. If you’re used to working in the United States, you’ll find that the process in Malta is fairly similar. You’ll probably want to start by posting your company’s available position on online job boards. A few of the most popular general job sites in Malta include VacancyCentre and JobsinMalta. You might also want to look for sites that are tailored to specific industries.
If your business doesn’t have an established presence in Malta yet, the search for talented candidates might take longer than you would expect. That’s why some companies choose to outsource the recruitment process rather than handling it in-house. Partnering with a global PEO that offers an Employer of Record platform is one way to save time and money while you’re staffing your new location.
Legal Requirements for Staffing and Recruiting in Malta
Understanding your legal obligations is another important step in the recruitment process. If your company doesn’t comply with all of Malta’s laws and regulations, you risk hefty fines and operational delays. When you’re staffing your Maltese expansion, most of your legal obligations have to do with preventing discriminatory practices.
Malta’s constitution protects those who live in the country from discrimination based on numerous characteristics, including the following:
- Place of origin
- Gender identity
- Political opinions
- Sexual orientation
In addition to this legislation, the Equal Opportunities (Persons With Disabilities Act) provides protection for individuals with disabilities as well.
Your company can take a few different steps to stay compliant. One of the easiest things you can do is to avoid any direct inquiries about these traits during conversations with potential hires.
How to Hire Malta Employees
Companies wanting to learn how to hire Malta employees should start with an employment contract. You can use an oral or written contract in English or Maltese that’s either fixed- or indefinite-term, depending on your needs. All contracts should include relevant policies and figures, such as benefits, compensation, working hours, and termination requirements. Whenever you include a salary or compensation amounts, you should use Euros instead of any other currency.
If you decide to hire non-citizens, you’ll need to follow a separate hiring process. Any citizen of the European Union (EU) can live and work in Malta without a residence permit for three months. However, they must apply for a work permit after those three months. Non-EU citizens must meet the laws set out in the Immigration Act and can only begin working for your company after getting a work visa.
Malta Employment Compliance Laws
Malta’s employment compliance laws will apply to working hours and overtime after you hire an employee. Most full-time positions in the country are 40 hours a week but can go up to 48 hours a week. Employees can work an additional eight hours of overtime a week, but they must get paid accordingly.
Onboarding the Malta Employees You Hire
Hiring Malta employees is only part of the process. After recruiting the right employees, you need to onboard them with your company. While companies can choose the way they want to onboard employees, certain steps will start the relationship off on the right foot. For example, you can review the employment contract, go over company policies, and take employees out for lunch on their first day. We also recommend using some sort of training program to ready your personnel for their new jobs.
Benefits of Malta Hiring Outsourcing
Malta hiring outsourcing with Globalization Partners provides several key benefits. First, you won’t have to recruit, hire, and onboard your own candidates. We will handle everything through our Malta PEO. Second, you can save time and work in Malta in as little as a day or two. Third, since we’ll use our subsidiary, you won’t have to spend weeks or months setting up your own subsidiary.
Work With Globalization Partners
Globalization Partners has a whole team of global compliance experts who want to help you succeed in your expansion process. Contact us todayfor further information on Malta hiring outsourcing.