A delegation from the Malta Employers’ Association attended the ILO conference in Geneva. This was the first time since 2020 that the conference was held physically at the Palais des Nations, which houses the United Nations in Geneva. During the plenary session of the 8th June, Mr. Joseph Farrugia addressed the conference on behalf of Maltese employers. The employers’ delegation consisting of Ms Joanne Bondin (MEA President), Mr Joseph Farrugia (MEA Director General) and Mr Kevin J Borg (MEA Consultant) was part of the national delegation that also included representatives from government and workers.  Click here to read Mr. Farrugia’s address.

Read the Highlights of 2021 here.

In collaboration with Transport Malta and the Foundation for Transport, The Sunday Times of Malta issued a supplement regarding Green Transport on Sunday 28th November. This 40-page supplement focuses on greener transport, electromobility, sustainable mobility, and grants for electric vehicles, amongst others. The supplement may be accessed here.

On 28th September, Mr Joseph Farrugia, Director General of the Malta Employers’ Association together with Mr Joe Gerada the Managing Director of New Horizons Institute gave out the awards to the participants who successfully followed the level 5 Course on ‘Leading People at the Work Place’ and ‘Resolving Conflict and Mediation’. Mr Farrugia said that the feedback from industry about these courses was very good due to their practical application in real life work place situations. He said that the Association has been collaborating with New Horizons Institute for the last 4 years and shall be running the programmes again in 2022. Mr Gerada said that the programmes were mainly designed to impart skills which supervisors and managers can practice at their work place. He said that these programmes were meant to fill a gap in the training market where the participants acquire the skills how to lead and manage and not only obtain the knowledge about these things. A second important feature of the programmes is the fact that participants use the trainers on the courses as their consultants to discuss and evaluate situations which are important to them. This is done during and in between sessions. Therefore the course is not an end in itself but a means of building a professional relationship where the trainers assist the participants to develop in their role for the long run. Dr Clive Gerada, another trainer on the programme, said that the participants’ work experiences together with the case studies presented during the courses offered a realistic scenario of the challenges and opportunities that supervisors and managers have when leading others, effectively.

The 2022 courses in the series of ‘Leading People in the Work Place’  shall start in February, 2022.  Further details can be obtained by calling the Malta Employers’ Association on 21222992.

Pictures show some of the successful participants awarded.

The Malta Employers’ Association is organising its national conference, being held virtually on Friday 18th June from 8:45-14:00hrs.

In collaboration with APS Bank, Atlas Insurance and EY, the MEA will be exploring measures on how to balance economic growth with quality of life.

Productive economic activity is essential to generate employment and income. Since gaining independence, Malta has elevated the economic well-being of its citizens through constant economic transformation that makes our economy open and diversified. EU accession has also contributed to an increase in living standards, GDP per capita in Malta has been approaching the EU average since Malta became a member.

GDP as a measure of well-being has limitations. It cannot factor in the extent of the underground economy, and non-market activities are not included in its measurement. Other limitations that are raising concerns among various segments of Maltese society are the link between GDP and the quality of life, and negative externalities. These are becoming more pronounced due to the Malta’s geographic limitations, compounded by a rapid increase in population over the past decade.

This conference will address the nature of these problems by identifying the challenges ahead with a view to making recommendations of how GDP growth can be managed to minimise the effect of negative externalities, and to harness productivity and economic growth towards the well-being of our society. The conference will be addressed by experts including economists, social partners and senior politicians. There will be full audience participation through discussions and workshops.

The full programme can be found HERE.

Registration is FREE of charge. 

The Malta Employers’ Association has issued a survey report on ‘Sick Leave in Malta’ to provide a picture on the utilisation of sick leave by employees. The survey obtained data from 351 respondents covering more than 400 companies in Malta, spread across different economic sectors. This survey was conducted before the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore the results do not reflect sick leave patterns resulting from the pandemic, but rather during times considered as ‘normal’.
 
Please find here the report.

Read the Highlights of 2020 here.

Malta Enterprise and the Malta Employers’ Association signed a cooperation agreement which will enhance collaboration between the two entities in the area of employment relations as well as contributing to MEAINDEX, an online resource for entrepreneurs.

The agreement cements the excellent relations between Malta Enterprise and MEA as a key social partner.  

ME and MEA have also agreed on sharing aggregated information for the purpose of data analysis of facts and figures in relation to employment in Malta. 

Through this agreement, ME will be a partner in MEA’s online resource for entrepreneurs MEAINDEX. This online platform serves as an important tool for employers and MEA members to keep up to date with developments and current affairs related to business in Malta and employment relations.

In his comments regarding this collaboration MEA Director General, Joseph Farrugia stated that “The Malta Employers Association would like to commend Malta Enterprise on its efficiency in administering the COVID Wage supplement saved thousands of jobs. MEA is enthusiastic about this collaboration which will continue to build on the fruitful relationship already in place between both sides”.

Malta Enterprise CEO, Kurt Farrugia, stated that the enhanced collaboration is a continuation of the encouraging results achieved during the Covid-19 emergency that led to the survival of businesses and protecting jobs for over 80,000 employees.  “The Covid Wage Supplement served as a lifeline to employees. It also confirmed that employers are willing to go an extra mile to protect the livelihood of their employees. Through this cooperation agreement we commit to extending our excellent relationship while ensuring the transfer of knowledge which will result in better policy decisions,” said Kurt Farrugia.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was presided by Malta Enterprise Chairman William Wait and MEA President Dolores Sammut Bonnici. 

For more information on the latest Covid schemes for businesses log onto covid19.maltaenterprise.com

Or one can access directly the MEA Covid-19 Employers Handbook through  https://maltaemployers.com/en/covid-19-employers-handbook

The Malta Employers’ Association has conducted an online survey among employers to test business performance in times of COVID-19. The response to the survey consisted of 237 companies in the private sector, with a spread across all economic sectors and size of companies, employing in the region of 40,000 persons.

Click here to access the full presentation.

The research findings show that 81% of respondent companies have experienced a loss of business due to COVID-19, 3% experienced an increase in business and 16% of respondents claim that COVID-19 is having no effect on their business operations. June-August have been better than March-May for 48% of respondents; 38% of respondents claimed that business remained the same and 16% of respondents claimed that business performance was worse than Jun-Aug 2020.

73% of respondent companies answered that they have foreseen the second wave following the increase in Covid-19 cases after the 20th July, and this has affected many companies (73%) in their business projections for the fourth quarter of 2020. 96% of respondent companies claim that the second wave could have been totally or partially avoided.

Only 19% of respondents declared that they have made redundancies, with 85% of those who have stating that the rate of redundancies has been, so far, less than 25%.

However, in spite of this somewhat positive scenario, only 38% of respondents said that they will not increase redundancies in the coming 3 months (Sept-Nov). 19% replied that redundancies will increase beyond September and 43% said that they are undecided. This is indicative of a high level of uncertainty that prevails in the business environment.

62% of companies surveyed are making use of the wage supplement schemes, 24% have benefitted from the Electricity and Rent Refund Scheme, 19% have benefitted from the teleworking equipment schemes and 11% have made use of bank moratorium.

44% of companies surveyed are envisaging that business will depend on extended government support for 2021, and 22% are still undecided.

In sectors where teleworking is viable, many companies (65%) have introduced or enhanced teleworking arrangements for their employees. 60% of these companies claim that employees have been equally productive and 7% have been more productive than when working from the place of work. Unfortunately, 33% of respondents claimed that teleworking arrangement have not produced positive results as employees have been less productive. 42% of respondent companies envisage keeping teleworking arrangements post-COVID, while 20% are still undecided.

38% of respondent companies are going to be strongly affected if schools do not operate normally in the coming scholastic year.

60% of survey respondents have not yet initiated any investment projects that have been postponed due to COVID-19. Out of this 60%, 11% stated that they will definitely be reactivating their projects within the next 12 months. 23% stated that they will definitely NOT be reactivating their projects within the coming 12 months, while another 36% are still unsure. Another 30% did not answer the question.

Major employment related matters that are affecting business in the current situation include:

– Sense of instability and uncertainty
– Demotivated employees
– Fear of returning to work
– Less cash in hand (struggling to pay salaries)
– Lack of skilled staff (recruitment issues)
– Permits of foreign nationals
– Increase in sick leave
– Quarantine Leave

The survey concludes that the majority of the respondent companies (57%) need more than 12 months to recover.

The manual includes all the details of the schemes available, useful contacts, and replies to frequently asked questions that many members are encountering. This resource will be a work in progress and will be constantly updated with new FAQs and any other relevant information.

Click here to access the manual.