You don't have a job at the moment? This is what you need to know.
Registering as a jobseeker
If you are unemployed and seeking employment, and you are capable and available to work, you can register with the Jobsplus as a jobseeker. Registering as a jobseeker means that you are ready and willing to take active steps to improve your employability and to seek and take up work.
Irrespective as to whether you are a Maltese National, Maltese Resident Permit Holder, EU National (Cross-border) or 3rd Country national, then if you have a job termination date in the past registered with Jobsplus, or you were never gainfully employed and therefore was never registered for employment with Jobsplus, then you are automatically deemed as unemployed.
All registered jobseekers are provided with Jobsplus' advisory services, whereby an Employment Advisor will support and guide you in your search for work and for training opportunities. If you have access to internet, you will automatically be informed of new vacancies in Malta and abroad. You will also be matched with jobs suited to your qualifications and abilities. You may register online as a jobseeker here . (Important Note: Registering as a Job Seeker does not mean that you are unemployed, you may register as a JobSeeker even when you are employed).
Upon first registration, you are issued with a magnetic card with your fingerprint details stored in it. This card is required to allow you to register at a stipulated time and place. A chit (a small printout) is issued every time you register, providing details for your next registration and any other messages that Jobsplus may have for you. It is very important that you read the chit messages properly. Messages on the chit include information to attend activities such as Job Search seminars, training courses, job fairs or interviews at Jobsplus or job interviews with employers. Failure to attend any such activities will indicate that you are no longer interested in using Jobsplus services, and your name will hence be removed from the register. During your registration, you are expected to send feedback on each job interview to your Jobsplus employment advisor. You can find more on how to register for work here
Persons in disadvantaged situations If you are a disadvantaged person, Jobsplus can offer you specialised services and schemes. Persons in disadvantaged situations include former substance abusers, former prison inmates, persons with disability, be it intellectual or physical, persons suffering from mental illnesses, workers who have been out of the labour market for a long period of time, and other people with different social problems. Unemployment Benefits
If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to a number of Social Security benefits.
When a person is registered on the Part 1 Register of Jobsplus, an application for Unemployment Benefit is automatically initiated. The Department of Social Security is informed by Jobsplus and the necessary arrangements with respect to social security benefits and social security credits are included in the beneficiary's Social Security History by this Department. Not all clients registering on Part 1 are automatically eligible for further social security benefits.
How to apply for the following additional benefits:
You may also login in mySocialSecurity , where you can view your personal information as held by the Department of Social Security.
Apart from the above mentioned Social Security Benefits, some of which are health related, the Government of Malta also offers other health promotion programmes and you are encouraged to visit the Social Security and Health Services Page.
What do I have to do if there are circumstances that impede me from looking for employment?
If you have circumstances that impede you from being a Job Seeker, either due to any disabilities or other circumstances in your life, you need to discuss this by contacting Servizz.gov either through visiting the site Servizz.gov.mt, contacting them on Customer Care number 153 or go to one of the Servizz.gov centres around Malta or Gozo. A Servizz.gov agent will guide you on the best way on how to register as a Job Seeker through different methods. Once you do register as a Job Seeker (refer to the above section), automatically and without any other intervention, the Department for Social Security (DSS) are notified and if you are eligible for any further benefits described above, then you will need to notify the Department of Social Security as there are benefits that are means-tested.
Managing your finances
If you are unemployed or short on cash, there are several things you can do to ease matters until you find work:
Get the income to which you are entitled: Make sure you are receiving the bene fits you are entitled to.
Prioritise your payments: Always pay your rent or mortgage and utilities (heat, water, electricity) first. Next, pay for food and medicine. Third, pay for transportation. Everything else comes after these three priorities.
Do not use new credit: Do your utmost to avoid using credit cards to keep you afloat. Pay for everything in cash.
Keep creditors at bay: If you don't have a job, there's a good chance you won't be able to pay your bills. Contact your creditors and explain your situation: you don't have a job; you have no money and will pay them as soon as you find work again. Try asking them to not charge late fees or interest rates.
There are several private organisations which can help you by giving you debt counselling services. You may also visit the MFSA website, where you can find amongst other services, information on managing your finances. You may also use the Bud get Calculator and compare charges which can help you manage better your finances. The benefits finder is a tool which will give you a set of recommendations of eligible benefits catered to your specific situation. Apart from advising you which benefits you may be eligible for; the Benefits Finder also advises you on how to apply for the recommended benefits.