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Job Brokerage Offices


From: Ministry for Education and Employment​
​Published on: 12.04.2016
Running till: 25.05.2016
​Last Updated: ​26.05.2016

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Original Consultation

This consultation ran from 12.04.2016 to 25.05.2016.




In October 2015 as part of the Budget 2016, Government proposed to set up Job Brokerage Offices in order to tackle the problem of irregular work and exploitation of workers.

It is believed that irregular forms of work are resulting in precarious conditions of work  for both refugees, persons under international protection and failed asylum seekers, as well as, Maltese, EU and third country employees alike, which Government feels duty bound to address.

To ensure the above, following the introduction of such Offices, service users who require occasional labour market services from service providers for a period ranging from a few hours up to a maximum of 600 hours per annum, can do so in a regularised manner, whereby working conditions will be in accordance with the law as is being proposed in this document.  
Through the introduction of these Offices, Government aims to make roadside loitering trends that have developed in particular areas, such as in Marsa a thing of the past.
Government wants to ensure that a level playing field and fair competition is created amongst all jobseekers to access the labour market and will therefore clamp down on irregular work through increased on-site inspections and revised financial penalties for service users who engage irregular workers.
A brief summary of the matters covered by each section is provided below:
» Section 3 explores the current context;
» Section 4 gives an overview of comparable measures adopted in Europe;
» Section 5 presents Government’s proposal; 
» Section 6 sets out the way forward; and
» Section 7 lists the questions pertaining to this consultation.
This consultation document invites interested parties from amongst the general public to submit their views through the online feedback form available through the following link over a 6-week period, until Wednesday 25th May 2016.
The government welcomes views on the questions, set out in Section 7, which cover concerns and proposals related to tackling irregular employment and exploitation of refugees, persons under international protection, national protection and failed asylum seeking workers, and the knock-on effect on of such irregular employment on the working conditions of Maltese, EU and third-country employees.                            
We thank you in advance for your input.

Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.

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