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Where are the available workers?

At the end of September 2017, 24.92% of the persons registering for employment with Jobsplus (PES) sought mainly clerical work, whereas 15.25% sought work in the services sector. 19.55% of the men who registered were seeking mainly clerical jobs while 14.85% were seeking related trade jobs. However, 37.30% of the women registering for work were seeking clerical jobs, while 20.72% sought jobs in the services sector.

Text last edited on: 09/2018

Where are the available jobs?

According to the administrative information on vacancies in the Public Employment Service (PES), the 20 most requested jobs/skills between January and March 2017 were as follows:


Percentage of total vacancies







Chefs and cooks




Machine operators


Manual workers 


Healthcare workers in institutions     






Kitchen hands and dish-washers


Store distributors






Security guards


Telephone operators






Computer professionals


Sales representatives



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Short overview of the labour market:

Employment situation – July-September 2017

In the third quarter of 2017: 

  1. the number of employed persons aged 15 years and over was 200 636, or 54.2% of the population aged 15 years and over; 
  2. 8 377 persons, or 2.3% of that same group, were unemployed (not working); 
  3. 161 164 persons, or 43.5% of that population, were inactive.

In the third quarter of 2017, the estimated economic activity rate, which includes both unemployed and employed persons, stood at 71.1% of the working-age population. A comparison of the third quarter of 2017 with the same quarter of 2016 shows an increase of 1.1%. Persons between the ages of 25 and 54 registered the highest activity rate, with 83.6%.

Breakdown of the population in employment

Among the female working population, 39.5% were working in the sectors of public administration, defence, education, healthcare and social work; 25.2% were working in wholesale and retail, motor vehicle and household goods repairs, hotels and restaurants, and transport; and 10.1% were working in the professional, scientific, technical, administration and social services sectors. 

The majority of male workers (29.4%) were working in wholesale and retail, motor vehicle and household goods repairs, hotels and restaurants, and transport; 19.6% were in the professional, scientific, technical, administration and social services sectors, followed by 16.9% in manufacturing, quarries and other industries. 

Overall, the most common job category was that of sales and services, accounting for 42 040 persons, or 21.0% of the working population. This category includes jobs such as drivers, hairdressers, salespersons and waiters. Overall, 22 816 (28.9%) women and 19 224 (15.8%) men are employed in sales and services. 

Between July and September 2017, 172 555 persons, or 86.0% of the working population, were employed on a full-time basis and 28 081 persons, or 14.0%, were working on a part-time basis. The number of self-employed workers amounted to almost 14.0% of the working population.

The gross annual salary of employees was estimated at EUR 17 858 per year. This amount refers to the basic salary and excludes additional payments such as overtime, bonuses and allowances. On a sectoral basis, the highest average gross annual salary was recorded for employees in financial and insurance services, whereas the highest average salary for a main occupation was recorded among management administrators.

Breakdown of the unemployed population

Between July and September 2017, the estimated unemployment rate stood at 4.0%. The unemployment rate was 3.9% among men, compared to 4.2% among women. The 25 to 74 year age group registered the highest rates of unemployment.

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Hot jobs:

With the low unemployment rate in Malta all sectors are experiencing shortages of workers however the ones that are of most note are Fintech (including the emerging blockchain sector), Healthcare, Engineering, Technical Professions, Gaming Industry etc.

Text last edited on: 01/2019

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