Teaching English in Malta

Teaching English in Malta

Malta Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Sliema, St Julians$800 – $1200

Despite English being one of Malta’s two official languages there is still considerable demand for English tuition from native speakers. Like the islands of Greece, Malta offers a relaxed pace of life and gorgeous scenery and weather.

You are supposed to apply for jobs well in advance and then obtain the work permit but in reality, it is much easier to find work if you are already in Malta (and are from the UK or Ireland).

Most TEFL jobs offer an hourly rate of pay so it is important to negotiate for as many benefits as possible before you sign contracts. Remember to take your original CELTA certificates with you.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?

To find out more about TEFL in Malta, visit the Malta Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (MATEFL) website.

The length of time required to obtain the work permit for non-EU citizens can be ridiculously long. EU citizens should be able to obtain a provisional permit on presentation of their original CELTA certificates.

The summer season is the peak time for demand so the best time for EU citizens to apply for jobs is a month or two prior to that.

As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals. Original CELTA certificates need to be presented at the Qualifications Council.

The cost of living is low but the hourly teaching rates normally don’t leave you with much cash in your pocket at the end of the month. Taxis are expensive.

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual, you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Malta


  • A fabulous place for scenery, weather, and a relaxed holiday atmosphere
  • No experience required
  • An efficient and pleasant working environment in which daily tasks can be accomplished easily


  • Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
  • Work can dry up during the winter
  • The hourly rates are often rather low and split shifts are common