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The Client
We are a HR and Recruitment Consultancy company located in Mosta. We are looking to recruit a Head of Recruitment to join and lead our recruitment team.
This is an opportunity to join a multinational team in a fun working environment. This position also offers flexible working hours as well as the possibility of some remote working.
Key Responsibilities
  • Use sales, business development, marketing techniques and networking in order to attract business from client companies
  • Work with client companies to build and maintain relationships in order to gain a better understanding of their recruitment needs and requirements
  • Negotiate client contracts
  • Training of new consultants
  • Attract candidates by drafting advertising copy for use in a wide range of media, as well as by networking, headhunting and through referrals
  • Screen and review applications, manage interviews and short-list candidates
  • Meet candidates, interview them, do background checks, and match candidates to our clients’ needs
  • Provide advice to both clients and candidates on salary levels, training requirements and career opportunities
  • Lead and assist our recruitment team
  • Develop marketing initiatives together with our Marketing team
  • Oversee general Office Administration
Requirements
  • Experience of working within a recruitment agency is a must
  • Ability to think outside the box and work as part of a team
  • Knowledge of the Internet and MS Office applications
  • Able to communicate effectively, prioritise tasks and be highly organised
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to deal effectively and professionally with colleagues, candidates and customers
  • A good level of spoken and written English is essential
Interested candidates are kindly requested to send their CV in MS Word format (your name in the filename) to Enrica at [email protected].
Should you require further information, please, call on +356 2099 4444.

 

Me and the Maltese Kitchen

Me and the Maltese kitchen

My first month in Malta is finished! Time flies when you’re having fun! That also means it’s time for my second blog.
People who know me a little, also know I love food. So now that I’m in Malta, I would like to try all kinds of different Maltese things which are typically from here. That’s why I would like to write my second blog about a few typical Maltese food and drinks and my experiences and thoughts.

Pastizzi:
This is one of the first things I ate in Malta. It’s some kind of warm bread filled with ricotta or minced peas. I tried them both and I liked them both. Still my preferences go out to the one with ricotta. I didn’t expect minced peas in the bread so I needed to adjust to that taste first. You get really full after eating one Pastizzi. Ideal because you only have to get one Pastizzi for the lunch.

Imqaret:
This is a pasty filled with dates to eat with a cup of coffee. I didn’t find dates very special to eat but this combination is delicious. I wouldn’t eat this with coffee but it is perfect as a snack.

Kinnie:
This is the popular soda from Malta. In the beginning it tastes like Ice Tea but then the flavor changes to rotten orange juice. I don’t understand why this is popular here. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Cisk:
This is The beer of Malta and it’s also produced in Malta. I don’t drink beer a lot but I think this beer is a little weird. It has only little taste and it has a different bitterly flavor. I prefer Heineken.

Qaqħaq tal-Għasel:
This is a Maltese dessert. The translation to English is ‘honey rings’ but it doesn’t taste like honey. These rings taste a little bit like taaitaai, a cookie what the Dutch people eat during the Sinterklaas feast on the 5th of December. It’s really good.

Fenek:
A dish I see almost everywhere is Fenek. This is a plate of rabbit what the Maltese have eaten for centuries. I didn’t dare to eat it yet but it is still a part of my To-Do list before I get back to the Netherlands.

Ħut:
Furthermore, Malta is known for the fish. After all, Malta is a little island with a lot of sea. I love fish so I feel really comfortable in this part of the Maltese kitchen. Different fish soups, salads with octopus, rice or pasta with different species and Lampuka, a typical Maltese dorado which you can buy almost everywhere. I have also been to the city Marsaxlokk in the south, there is the biggest fish market of Malta on every Sunday morning. There isn’t only fish on the market but also clothes, jewelry and souvenirs so it is nice to go there when you’re in Malta.

What I also really like is that the fishing is being done with old traditional fishing boats. These boats are called Luzzu and they are in every bay. Especially the bay of Marsaxlokk is very known for the quantity of Luzzu boats. Luzzu are beautiful colorful boats with the eyes of Osiris on the front, the Egyptian symbol for protection, royal power and good health. The picture with this blog is taken in Marsaxlokk and you see the nice boats in the background.

I haven’t tried all the Maltese dishes of course but I really like the food here!

Lots of love,

Romee

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Ik en de Maltese keuken

Mijn eerste maand in Malta zit er al op! Time flies when you’re having fun! Dat betekent ook dat het tijd is voor mijn tweede blog.
Mensen die mij een beetje kennen, zullen wel weten dat ik heel erg van eten hou. Ik vind het dus ook in Malta heel leuk om allerlei nieuwe dingen uit te proberen die typisch van hier zijn. Daarom wil ik de blog graag schrijven over een paar typisch Maltese gerechten en drankjes en mijn ervaringen en gedachten.

Pastizzi:
Dit is een van de eerste dingen die ik in Malta heb geprobeerd. Het is een soort warm broodje met een vulling van ricotta of van gestampte erwten.
Ik heb het allebei geprobeerd en ik vond ze allebei lekker. Mijn voorkeur gaat toch uit naar de ricottavulling. De gestampte erwten had ik niet helemaal verwacht dus daar moest ik even aan wennen. Deze broodjes vulden wel heel erg. Ideaal want een broodje is genoeg voor een hele lunch.

Imqaret:
Dit is een pasteitje met een dadelvulling voor bij de koffie. Ik vond dadels nooit zo bijzonder maar dit is echt heerlijk. Ik zou het niet snel bij een kopje koffie nemen maar het is een heel lekker tussendoortje.

Kinnie:
Het is een bekende frisdrank in Malta. Op het begin smaakt het naar Ice Tea maar daarna verandert de smaak naar bedorven sinasappelsap. Ik snap niet hoe dit hier zo populair kan zijn. Geen aanrader!

Cisk:
Dit is De bier van Malta en het wordt op het eiland zelf gebrouwd. Ik drink niet heel vaak bier maar ik vind dit bier maar raar. Het heeft niet heel veel smaak en er zit een vreemde bittere smaak aan. Ik hou het liever bij Heineken.

Qaqħaq tal-Għasel:
Dit is een dessert in Malta. De vertaling naar het Nederlands is ‘honingringen’ maar het smaakt er niet echt naar. Het smaakt een beetje naar taaitaai, wat tijdens het sinterklaasfeest in Nederland veel wordt gegeten. Het is heel lekker.

Fenek:
Wat ik overal zie langskomen is Fenek. Dit is een gerecht met konijn wat al eeuwenlang wordt gegeten in Malta. Ik heb het nog niet aangedurfd om dit te nemen maar het staat nog wel op mijn To-Do list.

Ħut:
Verder staat Malta bekend om de vis. Malta is tenslotte een klein eilandje met veel zee eromheen. Ik hou er echt van dus ik voel me als een vis in het water in de Maltese keuken. Verschillende vissoepen, octopussalade, rijst of pasta met verschillende vissoorten en Lampuka, een typisch Maltese goudmakreel dat bijna overal te koop is. Ik ben ook naar het stadje Marsaxlokk geweest in het zuiden, waar de grootste vismarkt van Malta is op zondagochtend. Op deze markt is niet alleen vis maar ook kleding, sieraden en souveniers dus het is zeker een leuk om een keertje geweest te zijn.

Wat ik heel leuk vind van Malta, is dat het vissen dus nog in oude traditionele vissersbootjes wordt gedaan. Deze bootjes worden ook wel Luzzu genoemd en elke baai ligt er vol mee. Vooral de baai van Marsaxlokk staat er bekend om. De Luzzu zijn hele mooie kleurrijke bootjes met voorop de ogen van Osiris, een Egyptisch symbool voor bescherming, macht en gezondheid. De foto bij deze blog is gemaakt in Marsaxlokk en je ziet op de achtergrond ook de leuke bootjes.

Ik heb nog lang niet alle Maltese gerechtjes geproefd natuurlijk maar het eten in Malta bevalt me wel!

Veel liefs,

Romee

What Are You Waiting For?

by Mark J Galea

Many employers are outsourcing their payroll service to third parties, and here are some of the reasons why:

Free up time – Payroll computation is a time-consuming process. Outsourcing payroll can free up staff time to pursue more important value-added and revenue-generating activities, thus boosting productivity.

Reduce costs and boost productivity – In addition to the Payroll Administrator’s salary, as an employer you need to pay NI contributions; statutory bonuses and other entitlements; leave and sick leave (over 1 month of unproductive hours paid to an employee). The direct costs of processing payroll can be greatly reduced by outsourcing this function. In addition to enjoying great savings on the cost of employment, you will save the opportunity cost (not to mention once again the lack of productivity) spent on time dedicated to hiring any possible replacements for long absences and backfills. When, you also factor in other expenses related to the investment and maintenance of hardware and software (yearly updates, license renewals, maintenance agreements etc), you will realise that the saving you make by outsourcing payroll is actually much bigger.

Ensure confidentiality – By outsourcing this function, you are reducing the number of people within your company who are privy to information related to pay packages, pay rises, and other information that can easily be leaked to other parties within the company.

Ensure continuity – If your Payroll Administrator falls ill, or needs to take leave around the end of the month, the timely issuance of employee’s pays and salaries will disrupt other operations (it’s usually Finance that takes the hit). Pays and salaries need to go out on time in order not to demoralise your employees. When outsourcing your payroll function, you are protecting your business from these risks.

Alleviate the pain – In-house payroll is a headache at best and a nightmare at worst. By outsourcing this function, you will eliminate a tiresome source of regular pain.

Avoid technology headaches – A constant question is whether they have the latest version of their payroll software and the most recent tax and NI bands installed on their computer. Using the wrong tax computations will result in penalties and big employee dissatisfaction.

Leverage outside payroll expertise – Most business professionals tend to be so focussed on meeting targets set by ambitious budgets, that they tend to overlook constantly changing regulations (both statutory and those issued by the EU), yearly changes in NI categories, and frequent changes in tax bands.

Losing the Payroll Administrator – If your Payroll Administrator gets a new job, you will have to spend considerable time and money looking for a resource that is getting scarcer due to a number of different reasons. Consequently, salaries for Payroll Administrators are shooting up. Using an outside service eliminates that business risk.