EMPLOYMENT

REGISTRATION OF EMPLOYMENT

When you are starting a new business, or expanding it, you will need to inform the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) of the change in your employment status. You also need to notify the Corporation of any new employees engaged. Similarly, self-employed persons are also required by law to complete an engagement form. This is done by filling in the relevant Declaration of Commencement of Employment form. The Corporation will acknowledge all engagement and termination forms received within 15 working days. This service is also offered at Business First.

DECLARATION OF COMMENCEMENT OF EMPLOYMENT

For self-employed: This declaration should be filled in by any person who is starting self-employment for the first time or by anyone wanting to resume self-employment.

  • English Version
  • Maltese Version

For employees: On employing new staff a self-employed person/employer must fill in the Declaration of Commencement of Employment for every new person employed. In every case of new employment, the engagement form duly filled in is to be received by the ETC on the same day of commencement of employment.

  • English Version
  • Maltese Version

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED

If you are being employed for the first time then you will need:

  • Identification Card/Passport
  • Your NI 3 (from the Department of Social Security for Maltese nationals only)
  • Non-EU nationals require an Employment Licence issued by ETC
  • Persons born aboard but who possess a dual citizenship, need a certificate issued by the Department of Citizenship and Expatriates.

NON-MALTESE CITIZENS

Certain non-Maltese citizens require an Employment Licence before being employed. A full list of applications for employment of non-Maltese nationals may be viewed here.

EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS UNDER 16

Persons who have not attained the age 16 or who turn 16 during the scholastic year (15th September to 16th July) are by law considered Minors of Compulsory School Age. These should provide the employer with a school leaving certificate obtainable directly from the Department of Educational Services, Triq Fra Gaetano Pace Forno, Hamrun. Applicants must present the following documents to obtain this certificate:

  1. A formal birth certificate from the Public Registry
  2. A declaration from the applicant’s employer to be
  3. A certificate from the school last attended; and
  4. A letter from the parents stating that they agree that their son/daughter is to start work. 

For further details on legislation and regulations related to the employment of minors visit the Information for Employers section on the Employment and Training Corporation website. All conditions apply as well for cases related to summer jobs.​​