Malta - the Mediterranean jewel, lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean sea; 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of over 400,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 square kilometres.
With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do!
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Malta ranks 4th for best climate, according to Expat Insider. Summer days in Malta enjoy sunshine for over 12 hours daily with an average temperature of 28℃ which are often moderated by cool sea breezes. The average annual rainfall is just 520 millimetres (21 inches)!
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Justina Galea, Lithuania, Associate
Anita Doneva, Macedonia, Senior Associate
Yiling Manicaro Guan, China, Associate
From the beauty of a baroque cathedral, ancient underground burial chambers, to live re-enactments of military cooking, Malta has many historical sites which form part of its rich history.
Ranging from Neotlithic templates such as Ġgantija Temples - one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, to Valletta - Malta's Capital city built by the Knights of St. John, and Mdina - the beautiful medieval capital of Malta.
Last but not least, Valletta was chosen the European Capital of Culture for 2018.
Depending on your shopping habits, a household of two individuals can stock up on food for a month with €300. Local products are cheaper than imported brands, and supermarkets offer reduced prices when compared to smaller grocery stores. Products from roadside markets is popularly priced as well as fresh. Eating out in Malta is marginally cheaper than much of Europe.
The cost of clothing is on par with the rest of Europe, and expats will be able to find many of the same designers. Since Sliema and Valletta cater to tourists and expats, high-end clothing shops and small retail stores are easy to find.
A welcoming and safe country
According to a survey run by InterNations (2017), Malta made the top 11 safest countries list for an expat.
Malta is ideally located, lying at strategic crossroads between Europe and Africa.
The Malta International Airport is a modern and efficient airport, which has been classified amongst the top 15 airports worldwide. Excellent sea infrastructure has created long-standing trade links with major ports in Europe, North Africa and Asia.
According to a survey run by InterNations (2017), Malta made the top 11 safest countries list for an expats.
Maltese and English are the official two languages of Malta, making the integration of expats smooth and easy.
Malta is benefitting from a healthy and stable economy with one of the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union.
The Maltese Law requires a work permit for all foreign workers.
As part of the European Union, Malta welcomes all EU citizens to live and work in the country. However, if you come from a third-party country, you will need to apply for a residence and/or work permit. You can find more information on the residence and work permit procedures on the website of the Maltese government.
The overall atmosphere at the workplace is quite friendly and welcoming, making it easier to settle in and build relationships with colleagues.
Malta offers a variety of sporting facilities ranging from two 18-hole golf courses - a full size and a mini one, five squash courts, 17 tennis courts, over nine basketball courts, billiard tables and a cricket pitch.
Since you’ll be surrounded by water, Malta allows you to benefit from perfect snorkelling or scuba-diving spots, yachting, fishing and a number of other water-activities. Nature lovers have plenty to keep them busy, from picturesque beaches, walking paths, excellent restaurants, a blossoming art culture, idyllic wine bars and cafes, to great shopping.
Malta has been ranked 10th for overall quality of life, according to International Living (2017).
The Maltese are known to celebrate life at every opportunity they get and the entertainment options reflect it. This results in a healthy diversity which provides entertainment to suit likes of all ages. You will be spoilt for choice! The incredibly varied entertainment found in Malta - cultural events, local village feasts (Festa), classical music, nightlife, as well as theatre and opera, makes Malta the popular destination of choice.
Diversity is one of our strengths.
We believe that diversity is about creating equal opportunities for everyone, but not only. Our inclusive workplace enables us to embrace the diversity and richness of backgrounds and perspectives of our people, and to leverage their diverse talents to arrive at winning business solutions.
By working with people from different backgrounds and with different experiences and working styles, we learn and get another view. Diverse views make for better decisions, and thus drive a high-performance culture. Locally, 17% of our workforce come from 30 different countries from across the world.
This is what our own expats wanted to know before they came to Malta. We tried to address some FAQs you might have below. Feel free to contact us should you require anything else!
With PwC Malta, opportunities are endless. We are constantly on the lookout for talent and all our vacancies are open to both local and foreign candidates. Take some time to browse through our vacancies and get in touch with us!