PEO & EOR services in Malta

Malta offers a diverse range of PEO/EOR employment opportunities, attracting both domestic and international talent to contribute to its thriving workforce.

PEO/EOR employment contracts in Malta

Elements Covered by Employment Contracts

Employment contracts in Malta regulate various aspects of the working relationship, including job title, salary, responsibilities, duties, entitlement to sick pay and holidays, and applicable probationary and notice periods


Issuance of Written Statement

Employees in Malta normally receive a contract of employment, whereby the employee agrees to perform specified work for an employer in return for agreed salaries. A written statement showing the conditions of employment shall be given to the employee not later than eight days after engagement.

Duration of Fixed-term Contracts

Fixed-term contracts may not be shorter than six months unless a shorter period is justified by objective reasons based on precise and concrete circumstances characterising a given activity.
The objective reasons need to be stipulated within the employment agreement. It is possible for an employer to offer several fixed term contracts in succession but there has to be an acceptable explanation for this. 

Conversion to Permanent Employment
According to the adoption of European directives, after a specified number of years (not exceeding four years according to Maltese law), a temporary employment contract must be converted to an indefinite employment contract.


PEO/EOR employment termination and notice period in Malta

In Malta, the notice period is regulated by Article 36(2). During the probationary period, which allows termination without justification for contracts under one month, no notice is needed.

After one month, the minimum notice periods are:

  • One to six months: 1 week
  • Six months to two years: 2 weeks
  • Two to four years: 4 weeks
  • Four to seven years: 8 weeks
  • Seven to eight years: 9 weeks
  • Eight to nine years: 10 weeks
  • Nine to ten years: 11 weeks
  • Over ten years: 12 weeks

For indefinite contracts, the notice period is based on the employee's continuous engagement. However, extended periods can be agreed upon for technical, administrative, executive, or managerial roles under Article 36(5)(f) of the Employment and Industrial Relations Act.

Paid vacation leave and public holidays in Malta PEO/EOR employment

Employees in full-time employment on a 40 hour week are entitled to 200 hours of vacation leave per year. Part-timers’ leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis. Vacation leave can be utilised as agreed with the employer.
 Moreover, employers are bound by law to grant to every employee a minimum total of 15 hours with pay per year as time off from work for urgent family matters. 

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  • Feast of St. Joseph  - 19 March 
  • Freedom Day - 31 March  
  • Good Friday - 7​ April 
  • Worker's Day - 1 May 
  • Sette Giugno - 7 June
  • Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul - 29 June
  • Feast of the Assumption - 15 August 
  • Feast of Our Lady of Victories - 8 September
  •  Independence Day - 21 September
  •  Feast of the Immaculate Conception - 8 December
  •  Republic Day -13 December 
  • Christmas Day - 25 December 

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PEO/EOR employment benefits in Malta

In Malta, engaging a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) or Employer of Record (EOR) can offer several employment benefits. These may include:

  • Streamlined HR processes
  • Compliance with local regulations
  • Payroll management
  • Assistance with legal and administrative tasks

PEO/EOR services can enhance operational efficiency and provide a reliable solution for companies looking to expand their workforce in Malta without establishing a legal entity. Additionally, it allows businesses to focus on their core activities while the PEO/EOR manages the complexities of employment-related functions.

Maternity and paternity leave through EOR/PEO in Malta

Maternity leave 
An employee may apply for maternity leave for an uninterrupted period of 18 weeks (14 weeks full pay; 4 weeks allowance which is unpaid unless the employee would have paid for at least 1 year’s Social Security National Insurance, in such case she would be entitled to the Social Security Maternity Leave Grant).
The employee has to notify the employer before the maternity leave begins, in so far as is reasonably practicable. 
Parental leave 
Parental leave is the individual right of both male and female workers to be granted unpaid parental leave on the grounds of birth, adoption or legal custody of a child to enable them to take care of that child for a period of four months until the child has attained the age of eight years.

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