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Unemployment Benefits in Valletta

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Unemployment benefits are offered to unemployed individuals during their search for employment.

The daily rate for unemployment benefits in Malta is:

  • €10.86/day for a single parent or a married person supporting an unemployed spouse
  • €7.10/day for other insured persons

Who is Eligible?

All persons in Malta who were employed prior to their application for unemployment benefit are eligible to receive assistance.

Other conditions for receiving unemployment benefits in Malta include:

  • Individual has registered with the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) (i.e. obtained of an employment license). You can obtain a registration form here.
  • Individual is fit and available for work
  • Individual has paid at least 50 weeks of unemployment benefit contributions, of which 20 have been paid in the last 2 years

Individuals who leave their employment voluntarily, or because of misconduct, are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits for a period of 6 months.

Self-employed individuals are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

Employment benefits may be lost if an individual refuses work with no justifiable reason.

How to Claim a Benefit

To apply for social security benefits in Malta, contact your local Social Security District Office, located in most villages throughout Malta. Malta's federal government web site provides a full listing of contact information for its Social Security District Offices.

Local Disctrict Offices are open in the Winter from Monday to Friday, 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs and 1330 hrs to 1630 hrs, and in the Summer from Monday to Friday, 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs.

To claim unemployment benefits, you must also register as available for work with the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC).

You can expect to receive your first unemployment benefit payment within 5 weeks of your application.

Social Security Division
38 Ordnance Street
Valletta VLT 1021
Telephone: +356 2590 3000
Fax: +356 +2590 3231

Employment and Training Corporation
Hal Far Road
Birzebbuga BBG 3000
Tel: +356 2220 1567

Update 26/05/2013


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