Malta sets a minimum wage for all employees regardless of whether a worker is a Maltese or foreign National. According to Legal Notice 378 of 2009, Malta’s national weekly minimum wage in 2014 is:
- €156.06 for employees aged under 17 years;
- €158.90 for employees aged 17 years;
- €165.68 for employees aged 18 years and over.
Increases in minimum wage levels are linked to the cost of living and inflation rates of the preceding twelve months and minimum wage levels are adjusted on an annual basis.
The minimum wage is based on an eight hour working day.
The majority of countries in the EU apply minimum wage levels to salaries and earnings. Malta’s (at around €700 per calendar month) is higher than approximate levels found in Spain (€633), Portugal (€475), Slovakia (€307) and Montenegro (just €55). However, in Greece (€740) and Cyprus (€840), close neighbours to Malta, the rate is slightly higher. In other northern European countries, the National minimum wage is considerably higher, at over €1000 per month in Luxembourg (€1682), Ireland (€1500), Belgium (€1440), The Netherlands (€1398), France (€1337 for a seven hour working-day) and Austria (€1000). Italy and Germany amongst others, don’t set a National minimum wage – instead wage levels are set by collective bargaining and differ from industry to industry and by job function.
On 22nd March 2010, Dr Lawrence Gonzi, The Prime Minister of Malta, stated that the minimum wage ranked the best in the EU when compared to the country’s average wage. This could indicate that Malta’s average wage is close to the level of the minimum wage.
For more information about the minimum wage in Malta, and about other working conditions, contact the Ministry of Education, Employment and The Family:
Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family (MEEF)
310 Republic Street
Valletta VLT 2000
Tel: (+356) 2590 3100
Fax: (+356) 2590 3121