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Factsheet for measure MT-2020-44/1437 – Updated – measures in Malta
|Country||Malta , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 28 October 2020 – 11 May 2022|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
|Author||Luke Anthony Fiorini (University of Malta) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||16 November 2020 (updated 01 September 2022)|
Tourism is traditionally Malta's largest sector. It was also one of the sectors which was hardest hit by COVID-19. Incoming tourist numbers have dropped substantially, resulting in many workers being left inactive, supported only by the COVID-19 wage supplement .
Whilst an initial partial lockdown kept the number of COVID-19 infections low and manageable, infection numbers have soared as the economy re-opened. Public Health's COVID-19 Track and Trace team has subsequently been overwhelmed by the deluge of cases.
It was consequently announced that idle tourism workers were invited to join the Track and Trace team.
The measure was advertised as one where the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) in conjunction with the Malta Enterprise sought to aid the Public Health's COVID-19 Track and Trace team to foster a faster and more effective service.
Organisations holding a MTA license were invited to forward a list of employees who were currently receiving the COVID-19 wage supplement and may be interested to work with the Track and Trace team.
Selected individuals are to continue receiving the entire wage supplement of €800 along with a top-up of €5.28 per hour for their additional hours of work with this team.
Requirements for this post included fluency in both English and Maltese, possession of basic computer skills and good conduct.
Unknown - applicants were asked to apply until the 4 November.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No evident involvement
No views expressed
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|I56 Food and beverage service activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Hospitality, retail and other services managers|
|Food preparation assistants|
Eurofound (2020), Idle tourism workers to join COVID-19 track and trace team , measure MT-2020-44/1437 (measures in Malta), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/MT-2020-44_1437.html
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