Malta is officially of very low concern when considering COVID cases internationally. This is the light at the end of a very long tunnel! It’s good news in a bad news world.
Recruitment is of very high concern in Malta, in common with the rest of the world. A perfect storm of workers leaving during the pandemic and a surge of home working and remote working were big culture shocks to most businesses. Few business plans are still relevant to this brave new world
Challenges are huge. Another island is facing them too as the UK may be larger, but its island issues echo ours. We have a long shared history together of course. But we are now facing similar challenges competing for both skilled and unskilled workers. But how do we become the preferred destination for those workers? What makes Malta a perfect place to work, live and play? Just look out of the window. Sunshine and sea lift the heart! Who needs a screen saver to make the desktop motivating, when every window gifts such beauty?
F.O.M. gives us the edge of course, as EU workers find a more hostile environment in the UK. Freedom of Movement makes our sunny shores an attractive option. We just need to sell our quality-of-life benefits, especially when working from home has become a big aspect of life on this sunny island. Work life balance is the holy grail of H.R recruitment campaigns, here we already have so much to offer.
Barriers exist of course, high rents, low wages, historic worker abuse. Hopefully all these are in the past. The pandemic drove rents down, as new properties were completed at the same time as potential tenants were gone. And workers rights are core to attracting them back, leave entitlement, flexible hours, child care, medical cover, travel and parking vouchers, office working conditions/home working support. And of course the elephant in the room, wages. Historically lower here, but the pandemic has applied market forces, they are rising
Wages increasing have been fuelling a relentless poaching between employers. Head hunting gives it a kinder name, but with a limited talent pool it’s become the way your company can hit the ground running. With the bonus of leaving competitors trailing on your wake!
Recruitment is the new estate agency, everywhere there are recruiters telling you how in demand your skills are.
Look to established companies:
They will review your CV. They will seek out a vacancy that exists that is a good fit. They will support you in chats before, during and after interview. They will not ignore your calls, texts or emails. They will have multiple openings. They will value your needs and wants. Above a they will be professional in helping you to take what is a big step in your life.