Each call stipulates the eligibility parameters for prospective applicants. These are the citizenship, relevant qualifications and/or competences and a certification of good moral character (the latter should be substantiated through a certificate of conduct issued either by the Police or another competent authority).
In the case of substantive grades, qualifications are in the relevant Classification Agreements, most of which are signed between the Government and the Unions. These qualifications can be grouped as follows:
Level of Education
Degree level of Education or an appropriate, comparable, recognized qualification. Some professional streams require a warrant.
Vocational qualifications such as the Technician Apprenticeship Scheme (TAS), Extended Skill Training Scheme (ESTS) and Higher Technician Diploma or other comparable qualifications.
Ordinary or Advanced Level standard of education
Type of Call
Departmental Calls, also referred to as Departmental Circulars, are issued when, by virtue of a Classification Agreement, eligibility is open to a class of officers in a grade which by its very nature is limited to one particular Department or Ministry. Departments are responsible for initiating arrangements, issuing the calls and carrying out the selection process to fill vacancies in authorised staff complements of departmental classes by new appointment or by promotion, as the case may be.
Service-wide calls are open to public officers across the Public Service and/or seconded/on loan to Public Sector organisations. Service-wide calls are issued and processed by the respective Department where the vacancies exist and are electronically circulated to other Ministries/Departments for onward transmission to their staff and the entities falling under their portfolio. If the vacancies to be filled are not limited to one Department, the service-wide call will be issued centrally by the People & Standards Division. Appointees as a result of central calls are then deployed by the People and Standards Division in the Departments where vacancies exist, according to the exigencies of the service.
Sector-wide calls are open to public officers across the Public Service and to employees in Public Sector organisations. Sector-wide calls are issued and processed by the respective Department where the vacancies exist and are electronically circulated to other Ministries/Departments for onward transmission to their staff and the entities falling under their portfolio. Sector-wide calls may also be issued centrally by the People & Standards Division, similar to service-wide calls.
External Calls are advertised in the Government Gazette, and are open to persons, including EU citizens, in possession of the required qualifications and/or experience. Some posts/positions are, however, limited to Maltese citizens.
Expression of Interest
Calls for Expressions of Interest are issued by Public Sector Entities, and are open to public officers and public sector employees.
Types of Position / Posts
General Service Grades
General Service Grades are the Administrative Class of the Malta Public Service. These are the clerical, executive and middle/upper management grades most of which are found in all Ministries and Departments. The Directorate of People Resourcing & Compliance within the People & Standards Division is responsible for the recruitment and deployment of General Service staff within the Malta Public Service.
Non General Service Grades
These are all the other non-Administrative Grades of the Malta Public Service. Each career stream is regulated by the respective Classification Agreement, normally negotiated between the Trade Unions and the Government of Malta. Examples of non General Service Streams are the Industrial and Supervisory, Technical and Scientific Grades.
Certain grades can, by the nature of the duties performed, be tied to a particular Ministry or Department such as the Medical Class, the Printing Class and the Educational Class.
Substantive grades are supplemented by the creation of ad hoc positions, created to cater for specific exigencies of the Service. Positions are normally filled on an indefinite basis. However, if an objective reason exists in terms of the “Contracts of Service for a Fixed Term Regulations” (S.L. 452.81), the position is filled on a definite basis. Normally the term of engagement is between 1 and 3 years, which may be renewed for further periods.
Classification agreements provide for the career advancement of a Public Officer. While part of the career progression may occur through the automatic progression from one Salary Scale to another subject to a number of years of satisfactory service, the majority of career development is based on merit and competitive selection exercises.
Government of Malta website: http://www.gov.mt/
Public Service website: https://publicservice.gov.mt/
Public Service Commission website: http://www.psc.gov.mt
Department of Information website: http://www.doi.gov.mt
Examinations Department website: http://exams.gov.mt
Europass CV: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae
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