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Unemployment benefits in Malta

When can I make a benefit claim?

Unemployment Benefits, both under the contributory schemes and non-contributory schemes, are paid to each person who loses his/her job. The eligibility criteria for the contributory unemployment benefits require a minimum of 50 weeks of contributions of which at least 20 must have been paid or credited during the 2 year period preceding the date of claim.

In the non-contributory scheme, Special Unemployment Benefit is paid to the head of the household instead of the Unemployment Benefit, provided that the relative means test is satisfied.

Unemployment Assistance is paid at a rate that can change in accordance with the means test, and also in relation to the number of persons in the household.

How can I qualify?

The applicant must be registered as a full-time jobseeker with the Public Employment Services, must be fit for and available for work.

What am I entitled to and how can I make my claim?

Daily Benefit Rate

Type of Benefit

Single parent/married person who is maintaining a spouse who is not employed full-time

Any other person

Unemployment Benefit

€12.44

€8.13

Special Unemployment Benefit

€20.89

€13.78


These payments are made from the first day of unemployment and continue for a period of 156 days. After that, the person concerned no longer qualifies for this benefit unless he/she takes up employment again for a period of 13 weeks.

Unemployment Assistance is paid at a rate that can change according to the means test, and particularly according to the family composition.

Know your rights

Who do you need to contact?

Department of Social Security

38, Ordnance Street

Valletta, VLT 1021

Malta

List of District Offices here.

Source:
European Commission and national authorities dealing with unemployment insurance.

This page was last updated on November 15, 2018.

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