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.
Degree or A Level in English, CELTA (or equiv.), EU national, local interview preferred.
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.
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|