Why not consider this crazy idea?
Over the next few months, I will write ideas about the countries and cities where you could move next, if you feel that your journey in the UK is coming to an end. The Brexit process has changed the way most EU citizens living in the UK now view their host country. Many “EU citizens, migrant workers or expats”, which ever you want to call us, have set the wheels in motion and are looking at other options.
Without diving too deep into the reasons for leaving the misty island or the emotions Brexit has brought to surface in many of us, this article will hopefully give you new ideas for your next home country. In the coming months, I will add to the list of countries and cities where I think EU citizens can build exciting careers and where the standard of living surpasses that of the UK. I’m in my thirties and I appreciate that for many in the UK, career comes first. With 7 years and four English cities behind me, I hope I will be able to help my fellow EU citizen, if you are feeling stuck in the UK.
Where to move after Brexit
Where did I go when it was time to hit the pedal?
Careers and work in Malta
If you are an EU citizen looking for jobs in Malta, chances are that you will bump into many online casino vacancies. Firstly, I think it’s great that in Malta, you really get to use your native language to your advantage. There is a constant need for language skills, such as Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
Secondly, if you worked in the digital sectors, chances are that you have transferable skills that can be used in the online casino businesses. I see these roles advertised constantly: CRM marketing (mainly newsletters and SMS), SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Content Writer, Affiliate Manager, all kinds of Developers, UX Designer, VIP Manager, Customer Support Agent, Payments & Fraud Analyst, Data Analyst, Business Intelligence Developer, Accountant and Project Manager. If you didn’t find your job on the list, keep searching via platforms like Careerjet and Indeed. But make sure you don’t accidentally search the vacancies in Malta, USA.
Many of the online casinos in Malta are actually Scandinavian, German or British companies. Many look after their employees by offering free breakfasts, lunches, drinks and throwing parties. The money is usually okay, especially if you are able to choose from more than one job offer. The numbers may not add up to your salary in London, but if you are a specialist in your area, they will pay you a competitive salary. And as a number of the EU citizens working in Malta prefer to live within a walking distance from work, you will never have to invest in commute the way you did in London. If you want to save some extra cash when it’s actually time to move to Malta, check out this company, we have always received the best quotes from them for our international moves. If you decide to use their services, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you. I’ll tell you more about this courier at the end of this post.
Next, I will dive deeper into my favourite things, but also the worst things about Malta, so keep reading.
My 5 favourite things about Malta
Careers and work in Malta
What I love about Malta are the career opportunities in the digital sector. If you speak a language that is relevant to the casinos and build up your online casino (iGaming) experience, the best employers will fight over you. One doesn’t tend to stay with a company for over a year, unless they really enjoy it there. Most companies also pay relocation packages, which means that the company buys your airline tickets and books you into a hotel for the first couple of weeks. If you don’t end up staying with the same employer for a year, the cost of the relocation may be deducted from your last salary.
Now that the awful winter is behind, I can say that I enjoy the weather in Malta again. I have even discovered what I look like tanned. That’s a new experience for a blonde like me! Here’s a video from February this year.
We have noticed that the hot weather has turned our freelancing schedules upside down. We get up around 10 and make breakfast around 12. We sit on the balcony in the sun and keep topping up the coffee. The conscience begins to remind us about working around 1 pm and ignore it whilst lying in the sun bed, until about 4 pm. By then our skins have had enough anyway. When the sun starts to disappear behind our terrace wall, we can start our working day indoors. We usually work in Malta from 4 to 12 pm these days, and it’s all because of the great weather.
Italian food influences
As the Maltese islands are so close to Sicily, that means that we get really good coffee here. The best coffees around here are definitely at the Delizie Sicialiane on Triq il Kbira, Sliema. In many spots, the food is also fantastic. We love the lunch café, Bella Italia, on the Gzira strand. Their lasagne has boiled egg in and is so delicious that I bet a Sicilian grandma has prepared it for days, just for us. However, you need to go in before 1 pm. After that you can forget about it as the Italians pour in for lunch, rocking their cool sun glasses and trendy shoes and finish everything.
Work in Malta: The end of the era for commuting
I also love the fact that it’s possible to walk to work if you want (obviously don’t move too far then) and that the time you would spend commuting each week is time for yourself. I have found that it is even more common to walk to work in Manhattan than it is in London. You can change into your bikini when you finish work and go for a swim on the way back home. Get a couple of beers on the way to the beach and your evening plans are all set. No TV required in the summer time.
The good things in life
And finally, the sun brings out the best in us. People tend to smile more. And why wouldn’t they? I have definitely grinned when I have started my morning with a prosecco at a beach club and rotated on the sun bed like a pit roast all day long.
Want to know what else is good in Malta? Check out this blog post about Malta by the Passport Collective!
But I would hate to sound like a tour operator who tries to lure you into booking a holiday here, so I want to be honest about the cons too. So here are the things I dislike in Malta.
My 5 hates about Malta
Some of the top things I’m getting fed up with in Malta are actually quite irrational and irrelevant but over time, they start to bug you. I have spent almost a year in Malta, and in that time I have both enjoyed my time like nowhere else but also cursed at bad drivers and uneven pavements. Here’s the top five things that annoy me about Malta.
The sounds of construction
Secondly, as the growing online casino industry keeps bringing more and more foreign employees over to Malta, the construction work in Malta is booming in the most popular areas. This results in noisy neighbours that are drilling and hammering most of the day. The construction sites also create a lot of dust around. The worst effected areas at the moment are St Julians, Sliema and Gzira.
Price hikes due to the high demand
The booming construction business doesn’t only create noise and dust, but the rent prices in areas like Sliema, St Julians and Gzira have increased so much that the locals working outside the casino industry may not afford to live in these new buildings. This crates a strange feeling of being in your own little expat bubble. You go to work where hardly anyone is Maltese and you come home to a building where you mostly hear Scandinavian languages, Dutch and German.
The social bubble
As the casino industry attracts lots of employees between the ages of 20-35, the crowd around you is relatively young. But as most move to Malta to work for online casinos, it may prove challenging to find other topics to talk about. This is particularly true when you meet new people. You may ask what they do for living, and expect them to name a casino role. But when someone outside the industry joins the group, people tend to be thrown off by it. For an industry outsider, socialising in Malta can get frustrating.
Incredibly annoying sidewalks
Firstly, in many Maltese towns the sidewalks are so narrow you cannot walk side by side. This is hardly a big deal but the things that bug you the most are often irrational. If you are carrying your shopping bags and encounter a passer-by, one of you has to give up and hop on the road. I can only imagine how difficult getting around with a wheelchair or baby stroller is. Luckily, the seafront promenades of Ta’ Xbiex, Gzira and Sliema are great and wide and people love strolling down the seaside, eating their ice cream.
The lack of city culture
And finally, there is no big city vibe in Malta. There are modern cities like Sliema and St Julians, but Malta is still a tourist destination first. It’s great to see how the tourists have returned after a stormy and freezing winter and all of my winter blues has been swept away with the emerging sun. But what I miss about big cities is the sense of discovery and excitement. Do you know that feeling of being in love with a place, partly because it is new to you? When it surprises you around every corner? When you dream about all the new things you will discover?
I’ll post a video below, which is a good example of the city vibe I miss the most, now that I live in Malta. Here’s an insane clip of a beat boxing guru, Verbal Ase, at the Union Square Street Station of the New York City subway. Could you expect to see this guy perform at a Malta bus stop and get the same reaction from the crowd? Keep watching until the end of the clip when the pants come off!
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