Launch of new Online Portal by DIER


The Department for Industrial and Employment Relations (DIER) has launched a dedicated Employment Agencies Web Portal, offering a centralized platform for information and application submissions. The Web Portal is set for those involved in recruitment services, temporary work agencies, and outsourcing agencies, in terms of the recent enactment of the Employment Agencies Regulations (Legal Notice 270 of 2023) which will come fully into force on 1st June 2024.

Accessible via the Employment Agencies Web Portal, this portal streamlines the application process for all three types of agencies. Existing recruitment agencies holding valid licenses can continue their operations until their licenses expire. Renewal applications should be submitted at least two (2) months before the expiration date.

Key Points:

  • ⁠Licenses are tailored to cover specific activities, including recruitment services, temporary work agencies, and outsourcing agencies.
  • ⁠Each license is valid for a period of two years[1].
  • ⁠A designated competent individual must be appointed to manage the operations of the employment agency.
  • Application fees amount to €3,000 for first-time applicants and for renewals[2].
  • ⁠Bank guarantees are mandatory, with agencies employing fewer than 20 individuals required to provide €20,000, and those with 20 or more employees expected to furnish €20,000 along with an additional sum equivalent to 2% of the total annualized wages, capped at €300,000
  • Under the revised Regulation 4(4), Identita Malta is now mandated not to accept or process any application for a residence permit from a third-country national unless the application is endorsed by the prospective employer possessing a valid license issued by the Director of DIER

At Empleo, we provide assistance with the license application process and offer legal advice relating to Malta’s employment agency regulations. Contact us for support and guidance in compliance with the Employment Agencies Regulation.

[1] Extended to 2 years by L.N. 109 of 2024

[2] Fees for renewals also set to € 3,000 by L.N. 109 of 2024


How can we help you?

At Empleo, we offer legal advice and support to employees and employers on all legal matters surrounding the above.  For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on or any of our other contact channels.


The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal advice.

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Mariella graduated from the University of Malta with a doctorate in law in 2005. She completed a master’s degree in ‘European Private Law’ from the La Sapienza, University of Rome, and was admitted to the bar in Malta in 2006.

Mariella is a people person – and it is this attribute which has really characterised and shaped her career.

Over the years, she headed the legal departments of several corporate services firms. Due to her skillset, she was also entrusted with managing and overseeing operations and human resources, where she gained technical and practical experience in various corporate, commercial and employment matters.

Her practical hands-on experience and insight perfectly complement Mariella’s technical knowledge of employment law, thus placing her in an ideal position to understand and advise employers and employees alike on various matters that may arise at the workplace.
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He has assisted clients in various corporate and commercial matters by providing company law advice and assisting in the implementation of corporate finance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and similar transactions.

Bradley has also advised and assisted investment funds, fund managers and other investment services providers, banks and financial institutions, on various legal and regulatory matters relating to the setting up, authorisation and ongoing conduct of their activities in Malta.

His practice also covers general employment law matters. Bradley’s experience in company and financial services law enables him to focus on various corporate and regulatory aspects of employment relationships. In particular, he advises organisations on the implementation of employee share option and participation schemes, the implications of business transfers on employment relationships, as well as relations with senior employees.

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Karl graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2005 and was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2006.

Karl has gained considerable expertise in technology law and regularly assists clients in relation to intellectual property issues, commercial contracts and ways to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and privacy laws. Whilst such matters used to be only given incidental importance when dealing with employment matters, they are now widely acknowledged to be vital in all employment relationships. 

He is also regularly engaged by C-level executives to assist in negotiating employment contracts and settlement agreements.   

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