Teaching English in Malta

Malta Overview

Despite English being one of Malta’s two official languages there is still considerable demand for English tuition from native speakers. Like the islands of Greece, Malta offers a relaxed pace of life and gorgeous scenery and weather. You are supposed to apply for jobs well in advance and then obtain the work permit but in reality it is much easier to find work if you are already in Malta (and are from the UK or Ireland). Most TEFL jobs offer an hourly rate of pay so it is important to negotiate for as many benefits as possible before you sign contracts. Remember to take your original CELTA certificates with you.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and self-employed 800 – 1,200 Various shifts usually including evenings and weekends 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 2,000 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Sliema, St Julians.

Typical requirements

Degree or A Level in English, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.

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1. To find out more about TEFL in Malta, visit the Malta Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (MATEFL) website.

2. The length of time required to obtain the work permit for non-EU citizens can be ridiculously long. EU citizens should be able to obtain a provisional permit on presentation of their original CELTA certificates.

3. The summer season is the peak time for demand so the best time for EU citizens to apply for jobs is a month or two prior to that.

Red tape

As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals. Original CELTA certificates need to be presented at the Qualifications Council.

Cost of living

The cost of living is low but the hourly teaching rates normally don’t leave you with much cash in your pocket at the end of the month. Taxis are expensive.

Tax and salary information

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.


A fabulous place for scenery, weather and a relaxed holiday atmosphere Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
No experience required Work can dry up during the winter
An efficient and pleasant working environment in which daily tasks can be accomplished easily The hourly rates are often rather low and split shifts are common

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  1. Miggidy says:

    I am currently taking a tefl coarse in US and when finished I plan to move to Malta. I am a EU national and have lived in the US for over 35 years. I have also teached english in daycare ages (1-6) for 2 years. Will be ready to leave after Christmas’ please send email to: miggidykatt@gmail.com. Thank you

  2. Maureen says:

    Anyone interested in applying to schools will find a full list of English language schools here: http://www.maltalanguageschool.com

  3. Mocon says:


    I am kind of retired in conventional terms, although I am fortunate enough to be more or less as busy as I wish in my own discipline. This is in the field of architectural restoration etc. However, about ten years ago I attended a TEFL course with the Windsor School in Barcelona and subsequently taught English to speakers of other languages in Spain, Poland and Turkey. I am now winding my own business down and wish to find a position dealing with people,as opposed to structures. I am coming to Malta next week and am thinking about trying to secure a suitable position. Taking into consideration my age etc, what opportunities do you think I may find, if any, in Malta? Any advice would be gratefully received.

    Kind regards,

    Michael O’Connor

    p.s. My e-mail is: michaelo.connor@inbox.com

  4. David says:

    Hi, Speaking as someone who taught English here in Malta for over a year, I can tell you that there are worst ways to teach than in Europe’s sunniest country! Check out this article I wrote which tells you exactly what you’ll need in order to get a job over here: http://www.howtomalta.com/2014/12/how-to-get-a-job-as-an-english-teacher-in-malta.html

  5. Marta Rupenović says:

    I am an English teacher at a primary school in Croatia. I teach English as a foreign language (students aged 8-14). I am a licensed tourist guide in my country and speak fluently German and Italian as well. I am interested in teaching in different countries of the world to gather new experiences because I like travelling a lot. Is there some job competition in your school/company?
    Thank you in advance,
    best regards,
    Marta Rupenović

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