A collaboration agreement between Identity Malta Agency and the Malta Employers’ Association will result in employers and businesses in Malta being provided with simplified information and kept updated on any changes related to the Residence Permits processes and other documents in the recruitment process of foreign workers from both EU and non-EU countries.

Identity Malta Agency’s Chief Executive Officer Colonel Mark Mallia and President of the Malta Employers’ Association Ms Joanne Bondin signed a collaboration agreement at an event held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, allowing Identity Malta to provide up-to-date information on the processes related to Residence Permits. As a result of this agreement, employers will have access to simplified and relevant information on the Meaindex.com digital platform, which is meant to guide employers. The Malta Employers’ Association will keep its members up to date on changes in processes connected to the hiring of foreign workers, and this information will be easily accessible.

This agreement is part of the Agency’s and the Association’s joint effort to make simplified information on the processes associated with residence permits, available to the association’s members.

During this same event, Identity Malta Agency officials detailed the rigorous processes of applying for residence permits. Thanks to a new flowchart, the employer will have clear guidelines to understand precisely what is required at each stage of the application process, the documents that must be submitted, the waiting period while the required application is being assessed, and which criteria are expected to be observed to speed up the application process.

Colonel Mark Mallia, CEO of Identity Malta Agency, emphasised that with this agreement, the agency and the organisation are continuing to work together to streamline processes for all organisations. Additionally, he described how the agency regularly meets with various social partners to listen to these stakeholders’ opinions. Colonel Mallia reaffirmed the agency’s dedication to providing businesses and employers with effective and secure ways to hire foreign workers while also preserving the security of our nation and the integrity of Malta’s immigration system.

Joseph Farrugia, Director General of the Malta Employers’ Association, declared that MEA made various suggestions in November of last year. Among various other suggestions, the MEA urged the Government to enhance regulatory organisations, so they can better meet the demand with greater effectiveness.

The President of the Malta Employers’ Association, Joanne Bondin, stated that by signing this agreement, MEA is committing to continuing to serve as a bridge between employers and regulatory institutions, so that together they can continue to offer our country a competitive market in an increasingly dynamic economy that is presenting unprecedented challenges.

“Whether we agree or not, the country has reached a point where the country is unable to operate without importing foreign workers. It is the responsibility of all social partners to cooperate and work together to recognise and achieve the required balance in having both Maltese and foreign workers in the local labour market,” Ms Bondin concluded.


News coverage footage and 3 audios done at the end of an event held on 4th May at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Presentation delivered by Identity Malta Agency Officials Tania Brown (Chief Policy & Strategy Officer) and Jean-Claude Attard (Unit Coordinator – Central Visa Unit)

Presentation delivered by Identity Malta Agency Official Col. Claudio Spiteri (Head of Compliance Unit)

The Malta Employers’ Association shall be organising an information session on Friday, 29th November between 13:30 hrs – 16:45 hrs entitled: Rights and Obligations of Directors as per Companies Act at the MEA premises at 35, South Street, Valletta.

The main aim of the session is to provide participants with a practical understanding of the legal principles applicable to directors of Maltese companies. The 3-hour session includes case studies to illustrate how to make use of the comprehensive practical guidance in the course material.

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MEA in collaboration with the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and MEUSAC are organizing an Information Session for MEA members to get informed about EU funding opportunities in Research and Innovation for businesses in Malta. 

Research is a fundamental building block of the process of idea development. Whether its structured or not, all businsses are doing it to remain competitive in a local or global market.

What if we told you that we can help you out?

There are various funding schemes that businesses can use to turn their innovative ideas into a market-ready reality. Both large and SMEs companies can benefit from such programmes, depending on the interest of the company and sectors’ needs. Maltese companies can also work with higher institutions locally and abroad, and there are specific funds to cover staff costs or sub-contract researchers when needed.

Apart from managing funding, the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) have a wide pool of contacts looking for Maltese companies to partner with on their projects. Networking opportunities can be of benefit to widen your clientielle, your markets, discover what is happening offshore and be part of the change.

Join us to get more info. by registering at [email protected].  

Info Session will be held on the 26th November from 2.30pm – 4.00pm at MEA Premises, 35/1 South Street, Valletta.

More information can be obtained from MEA Research Executive Ms Sharon Farrugia on [email protected]

The Malta Employers’ Association is organising an Information Session with the theme: Corona Virus and the Workplace, on Thursday, 12 March 2020.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 Corona virus in many countries is definitely having an impact on businesses, even in countries which have not yet registered any cases of persons who have been affected. The WHO has stated that: ‘All sections of our society – including businesses and employers – must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease’.

MEA has been keeping its members updated on developments, and has also been in contact with government authorities to obtain and disseminate information related to this issue. In conjunction with other employer bodies, MEA has also submitted proposals to government to minimise the risk of contagion and to allow workplaces to function with minimum disruption. It is a fact that, many companies are already feeling the brunt of a fall in business. There is growing concern that the global economy may shrink due to this outbreak.

We have been receiving many queries from our members: about quarantine conditions, about symptoms, about preventive measures and other aspects of the virus. Whilst we have made every effort to assist members, not all queries have clear answers as this is an abnormal situation which requires guidance from the public health authorities. The purpose of this information session is for participants to be informed about the current state of affairs, and also to have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

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The Malta Employers’ Association is organizing an information session on the PostaPay Debit account on Monday, 15 April 2019.

The PostaPay&Save Payment Account can be used by individuals (even by third country nationals) living and working in Malta.  This Account makes it easy to manage funds. It is also possible for wages to be deposited. The PostaPay Card is a MasterCard International Debit Card linked to a PostaPay&Save Payment Account allows secure access to money.

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The Malta Employers’ Association in collaboration with MISCO are organising an Information Session with the theme: Employer Branding – Is this the future of HR? on 7 February 2018 at the MEA’s Training Centre in Valletta.

Employer branding remains relevant in a labour market where there are skill shortages and organisations competing for talent. Organisations can use an employer brand to help them compete effectively and drive employee loyalty through effective recruitment, engagement and retention.

The aim of this information session is to update participants with the importance of having an employer brand and provide suggestions of how to develop an employer brand.

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Registration is free of charge, but booking is necessary. For registrations or for further information, kindly contact Dorianne Azzopardi Cilia on 21222992 / 21237585 or email: [email protected]

The Malta Employers’ Association are organising an Information Session with the theme: Blockchain for dummies – A step by step guide for Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Smart Contracts, on Thursday, 20 September 2018.

In recognition of the dynamics of today’s fast-paced economy, and moving along with its current trends, the Malta Employers’ Association is organising for its Members an Information Session on Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contracts and their link, if any at all, with employment relationships. Dr Joseph F. Borg, an internationally recognised expert in the field will be giving participants present a presentation, going through the principles and will be answering any queries you might have.

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The Malta Employers’ Association is organising a discussion session for its members at the MEA premises on the 31 October 2018 about wage inflation in Malta. Many members report that they are finding it difficult to source human resources and that there is a strong pressure on labour costs. During this session we will be looking into various aspects of the situation, including the engagement of foreign nationals, the impact of rent and housing prices on wages, labour mobility, employment with the private sector, collective bargaining and others.


The session will start at 2pm and will include a number of workshops. The outcome of this session will set the ground for formal research which will be conducted by MEA on the salient points raised.


The programme (tentative) shall be as follows:


2.00 pm     Registration

2.30 pm     Opening remarks

2.40 pm     General Discussion

3.15 pm     Workshops:

Workshop 1: Impact of Rent and Property Prices on labour costs

Workshop 2: Trends in Collective Bargaining and Wages

Workshop 3: Labour shortages and Wage inflation

Workshop 4: Government Induced Costs and Labour Costs in the Public sector.

4.30 pm     Report on Workshops by Rapporteurs

4.55 pm     Concluding remarks


A maximum of 45 persons will be accepted for this event, and the participants will be selected to represent a cross section of all economic sectors.


For registration, kindly return the registration form duly filled in by not later than 17 October at [email protected].

The Malta Employers’ Association in collaboration with the Commissioner for Revenue shall be organising the last information session on the on-line submission of the FSS end of year documents and VAT Return services on Thursday, 7 February 2019.

As part of a wide campaign of online services, the Commissioner for Revenue is increasing opportunities where one can submit the VAT return and FSS end of year documents online. As from October 2018, the Department started notifying Sole Proprietors that employ 10 or more employees, as well as all limited liability Companies, that this will be the last time they will be receiving the VAT return by post.

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Some months have passed since a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with JobsPlus to establish a working relationship with JobsPlus and the Lino Spiteri Foundation with respect to the employment of persons with disability. A lot of progress has been registered during this period. The MEA is organising this session to explain the contents of the MOU and also for employers to be given the opportunity to address any questions about their experience thus far with representatives from JobsPlus.

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