Over recent years, Malta has become quite a hub for the IT industry in the Mediterranean. With a warm, mostly sunny climate, English as an official language and good tax incentives for IT companies, Malta has attracted a number of foreign-owned companies to its shores. The two main areas of the industry that are popular in Malta are the software development and the iGaming industries, and there is a high demand for people with IT-related and marketing skills. The University of Malta offers degrees in IT and Business and Computing, and many students opt to study IT-related courses abroad, or via correspondence with overseas universities.
International Companies such as Uniblue and GFI have their global headquarters in Malta, and manage operations from their Malta-based offices. Uniblue’s offices were purpose built in 2008 and are modern, light and airy, with plenty of room for further expansion. Both Uniblue and GFI are growing companies and often, they advertise vacancies in Malta and overseas. These companies have a wide range of vacancies including roles in marketing, sales, design and technical writing. There are a number of Maltese-owned IT consultancies that conduct work for clients overseas, in the UK and the rest of Europe. 6PM and Crimsonwing are just two who often send Malta-based IT executives on assignment abroad.
The other rapidly growing sector is the iGaming industry. Companies such as Betsson and Betfair relocated to Malta from Northern Europe. Most online gaming companies have their offices in the Gzira/Sliema area, and employ both Maltese and foreigners. Some of the roles at these companies are very specialized and require an in depth knowledge of betting and sports. Languages are another useful asset, as roles in their customer support teams are multi-lingual, due to their global audience.
Most vacancies in the IT industry are advertised in The Times of Malta and The Sunday Times classified section. There are also recruitment consultancies in Malta that specialize in the IT sector, such as Castille Resources, Misco, Pentasia and Reed.