Archives Mark J Galea

Employee Retention

Employee retention is one of the major challenges every business faces the world over. Our Managing Director was recently invited by the Malta Employers’ Association to talk about this subject on their weekly TV programme.

During this brief programme, the speakers discussed the reasons why people leave organisations, and why they stay on.

Also, if you’d like to know more about employee retention strategies, please feel free to contact us at i[email protected].

The Main Differences Between Malta and My Home Country

It has almost been 3 months since I came to Malta. During my stay here, I noticed some remarkable differences from the Netherlands, and I think it would be interesting, to sum up some big differences to share my image of Malta (or the Netherlands) with everyone.

Traffic
First, the traffic in Malta is really different. I mentioned this in my previous blog but Maltese people have less patience than the Dutch. In Malta the traffic is more chaotic and there’s a lot of cars on the road. The amount of cars is not strange because apparently, this little island is the most densely populated country in Europe. And I thought Holland was overpopulated!

Furthermore, during my internship I see applicants rejecting job offers because “the employer’s offices are too far!”. In the Netherlands, it is normal for people to travel far for their job but in Malta it seems to be different. But I don’t know if it’s because Maltese are used to having everything closer, or primarily because of the traffic.

Public Holidays
The Maltese get to enjoy more public holidays than the Dutch. Malta is a more religious country and almost every month the Maltese have a day off to celebrate a public holiday. In summer, every village celebrates the feast of their patron saint. The streets turn into a party with the whole neighbourhood and there will be music, colourful decorations and lots of alcohol.

I don’t think the public holidays in the Netherlands are as special as in Malta. The only celebration I miss in Malta is ‘Sinterklaas’. This is one of the celebrations that are very big in the Netherlands and it’s a shame I miss it this year.

Architecture
The colour of the houses was the first thing I noticed when I arrived in Malta three months ago. The predominant colour is white because of the limestone that is quarried and used to build houses. The Dutch houses are darker (because of the red or brown bricks we use to build our houses), and more houses are detached because of the gardens around them. The houses in the touristic areas in Malta are quite plain and simple. However, when you go to the towns and villages, the houses have more character and most of them are quite old with lovely balconies that are only found in Malta. Also, the churches in Malta are very detailed and pretty, especially on the inside.

Cleanliness
I think it’s remarkable how often people clean and sweep the streets in Malta. I see many people cleaning the street in front of their house washing the area with soap and water. Every morning I see a guy at the bus stop sweeping all the trash from the streets. Because of that, the streets in Malta are very clean. In the Netherlands, I don’t see this that often but maybe because we have the rain that cleans the road.By contrast, I think it’s a little bit odd that Maltese don’t use wheely bins or other big containers for their garbage collection. The full refuse bags are placed in front of the door on the streets, and that definitely creates an eyesore!.

Weather
Obviously, the weather is very different than the Netherlands. It’s December but last week I could go outside with only a t-shirt in the morning sun and I also managed to get a tan. Yippeeee!. This is difficult to imagine when you live in the Netherlands. In the summer the temperatures in Malta went up to almost 40 degrees while in Holland the temperatures rarely went up to 30 degrees.

Compared to August and October, It rained a lot in November here in, Malta and I have seen some tropical showers that month. Road drains aren’t very good here, so when it rains the roads will turn into little rivers (as deep as your ankles). Moreover, it looks like cars and buses are floating instead of driving. The distribution of the water in Holland is better but unfortunately, rain is way more normal in my home country.

I still enjoy my life in Malta. It’s a shame I have to go back to Holland next week.

Lots of love,
Romee

 

Grote verschillen tussen Malta en mijn thuisland

Ik ben nu al bijna 3 maanden in Malta. In mijn tijd hier zijn mij veel dingen opgevallen die heel anders zijn dan in Nederland. Het leek me dus interessant om een paar grote verschillen te benoemen om iedereen een goed beeld van Malta (of Nederland) te kunnen geven.

Verkeer
Als eerste is het verkeer echt heel anders in Malta. Ik heb dit al in een vorige blog ook genoemd maar Maltesers hebben een andere rijstijl dan Nederlanders. Ze rijden in Malta agressiever en er zijn enorm veel auto’s op de weg. Het eiland is ook het dichtstbevolkte land van Europa. Het gemiddelde aantal inwoners per vierkante kilometer is hier drie keer zo groot dan in Nederland. En ik dacht dat Nederland dichtbevolkt was.

Verder zie ik tijdens mijn stage dat Maltesers soms banen niet aannemen terwijl deze toch relatief dichtbij wonen. In Nederland reizen mensen wat af voor een baan maar dit lijkt in Malta niet het geval. Maar ik weet niet of dit komt doordat ze meer gewend zijn om alles dichterbij te hebben op het eiland of alleen door het verkeer.

Feestdagen
In Malta zijn er meer en leukere feestdagen dan in Nederland. Malta is een gelovig land en bijna elke maand heeft men een dag of twee vrij omdat er een feestdag is. In de zomer viert elk dorp van zijn beschermheilige. Op de straten ontstaan er dan grote buurtfeesten met muziek, kleurrijke versieringen en veel drankjes.

Ik vind de feesten in Nederland niet zo bijzonder als in Malta. Wat ik wel jammer vind, is dat ik dit jaar niks heb meegekregen van het Nederlandse feest ‘Sinterklaas’. Dit is een van de feesten die wel heel groot worden gevierd in Nederland.

Architectuur
De kleur van de huizen is het eerste wat me gelijk opviel toen ik in Malta arriveerde drie maanden geleden. De overheersende kleur is okergeel door de kalksteen. Kalksteen is het meest gebruikte bouwmateriaal voor huizen en het wordt op het eiland zelf verkregen uit de rotsen. De Nederlandse huizen zijn veel donkerder (door de rode of bruine stenen die we gebruiken) maar om de huizen heen is meer plek voor een tuin. In de toeristische en drukke plaatsen zijn de gebouwen niet zo mooi. Echter, als je meer naar de lokale steden en dorpen gaat vind je mooie oude huizen met hele leuke balkonnetjes. Deze balkonnetjes zijn alleen te vinden in Malta. Ook de kerken in Malta zijn heel gedetailleerd en mooi, vooral aan de binnenkant.

Schoon
Ik vind het opvallend hoe vaak de straten hier worden geveegd en schoongemaakt. Ik zie veel mensen die de stoep voor hun huis met een sopje schoonpoetsen en elke ochtend is er iemand bij de bushalte het afval aan het opruimen. Ik zie dit niet zo vaak in Nederland. De straten in Malta zijn dus mooi schoon. Ik vind het wel bijzonder dat er in Malta nog niet gebruik wordt gemaakt van containers. De volle vuilniszakken worden aan de kant van de weg gezet en dit maakt de straat toch wel rommelig.

Weer
Het weer is natuurlijk een groot verschil. Het is al december maar vorige week heb ik nog in een t-shirt buiten gelopen in de ochtendzon en ik heb voor mijn doen nog steeds een mooi kleurtje van de zon. Jippie! Dit kun je je bijna niet voorstellen als je in Nederland woont. In de zomer hebben de temperaturen hier tegen de 40 graden aangezeten terwijl in Nederland zelden de 30 graden zijn gehaald.

Vergeleken met augustus en oktober, heeft het in november veel geregend en dit heb ik ook een paar keer heftig meegemaakt. De voorzieningen tegen de regen in Malta zijn niet zo best dus er ontstaan overal rivieren op straat als het regent (tot boven je enkels zo diep). Daarbij lijkt het alsof bussen en auto’s drijven in plaats van rijden. In Nederland is dit beter geregeld maar in tegenstelling tot Malta is regen daar helaas de normaalste zaak van de wereld.

Ik vermaak me nog goed hier. Helaas ga ik volgende week alweer terug naar Nederland.

Veel liefs,
Romee

Job of the Week

The Client
Our client, an ISO Certified and market leader in the Service industry, are now looking for a Group HR Manager to join their team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing the Group’s HR Team effectively
  • Developing and implement HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business strategy
  • Bridging the management and employee relations by addressing demands, grievances or other issues
  • Managing relations with the trade union, and other statutory bodies
  • Managing the recruitment and selection process
  • Supporting current and future business needs through the development, engagement, motivation and preservation of human capital
  • Developing and monitoring overall HR strategies, systems, tactics and procedures across the Group’s organisations
  • Implementing, managing and overseeing a performance appraisal system that drives high performance
  • Maintaining pay plan and benefits programmes
  • Assessing training needs to apply and monitor Learning & Development programmes
  • Liaising with the operational departments to ensure that they’re properly services
  • Advises Management on HR strategy and people-related matters
  • Foresees future business needs and advises Management to prepare accordingly
  • Provides support as necessary to operational departments

Requirements

  • Previous working experience as HR Manager with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in such a role
  • Excellent people and interpersonal skills
  • A proven track record of achieving results as agreed with Management
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ambition to grow as the company continues to grow
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of Maltese and EU employment laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of HR systems and payroll systems would be considered an asset
  • A tertiary level of education is desired

Interested candidates are requested to send an updated copy of their CV in MS Word format (your name in the file name) to David at [email protected].

Should you require further information call on: +356 20 99 44 4

My Adventure in Malta and Gozo

Last week a friend from the Netherlands came to visit me so I took a few days off work to go on a tour around Malta and for a mini holiday in Gozo. Gozo is a sister island of Malta and I think it’s more beautiful, old fashioned and natural than Malta. The island is small, even smaller than the Dutch Wadden- island Terschelling!

We hired a car for Malta and Gozo. I don’t have my driving licence yet (I failed before I came to Malta 🙁 ) but also when you are sitting next to the driver it’s a big adjustment to drive here. Malta is an old colony of England so they drive on the left side and the wheel is on the right side. Moreover, the traffic is very chaotic: there are a lot of cars and it seems like nobody pays a lot of attention to the traffic rules.

So, we went touring for approximately 4 days and I will tell you what we have been done:

~ Tuesday ~

I didn’t take Monday and Tuesday off from work so I worked on my internship on Tuesday morning. Late in the afternoon we took the car and we drove through Malta. First we went to Mdina. A big part of the “Game of Thrones” has been filmed in this city so if you’ve seen the series, you can imagine what it looks like. It’s like you’ve landed in the Middle Ages and with the high walls it’s like you’re in a maze. Then we drove to the Dingli Cliffs where we saw THE perfect sunset. Before we went to eat we drove to the Blue Grotto real quick, which was less fun than expected. The sun was gone so we saw absolutely nothing. Tip: Go during the day, not in the evening.

~ Wednesday ~

Early in the morning, we went to Golden Bay. This is the most beautiful beach of Malta. We lay in the sun for a couple of hours (and we went back as red as a lobster). After that we went to Popeye Village. This is the village where the film “Popeye” with Robin Williams has been filmed. It was so cute. There were only wooden houses with a little beach next to the village. Then we went with the ferry to our B&B in Gozo. We were kindly welcomed with a cold beer and we ate something in our village Xagħra.

~ Thursday ~

Our day started with a delicious English breakfast with all the guests in the B&B. After breakfast we decided to go to the famous old temple of Gozo, the temple of Ggantija. It was wonderful and there is a panoramic view of Gozo. Next, we drove back to the ferries and we sailed with a boat to another island between Gozo and Malta. The name of the island is Comino and it’s known for the Blue Lagoon. Unfortunately, many people know this place so it was very busy, even on a normal Thursday afternoon! We ended the day in the fishing village Marsalforn in Gozo where we ate good fish with a nice view of the boats in the harbor.

~ Friday ~

The last day… After another delicious breakfast we went to the Azure Window. At least, the place where it should be because it collapsed this year. It should be a beautiful arch, now it’s just a broken rock. But it was nice to see the difference. Then we went to the capital Victoria for a picnic in a garden and we wondered around the city for a while. Before we took the ferry back we drove randomly along the coast. Along the salt reservoirs, the Ramla Bay … and then we came at the hidden pearl of Gozo! We saw a place with a few parked cars, so we did the same and we went down stairs next to the parking lot. It was so beautiful! The most beautiful beach I’ve seen so far, especially because there were only a few people. My collegues told me that this beach was called Wied il-Għasri. In the water there were fish and octopus so it was a pretty place to go snorkeling. I would definitely go there again.

It was a magnificent week.

Lots of love,

Romee

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Op avontuur in Malta en Gozo

Vorige week is er een vriend uit Nederland langsgekomen dus toen heb ik een half weekje vrijgenomen van stage om door Malta te toeren en voor een mini vakantie in Gozo. Gozo is het zustereiland naast Malta en het is op veel plekken mooier, ouderwetser en natuurlijker dan Malta. Het eiland is klein, net iets kleiner dan het Nederlandse Waddeneiland Terschelling!

We hadden een auto gehuurd voor in Malta en Gozo. Ik heb nog geen rijbewijs (ik ben gezakt voordat ik naar Malta ging 🙁 ) maar ook als je naast de bestuurder zit is het zo wennen om hier te rijden. Malta is een oude kolonie van Engeland dus ze rijden links en sturen rechts. Daarbij is het verkeer overal zo chaotisch; er zijn veel auto’s en het lijkt alsof niemand echt goed op de voorrangs- en inhaalregels let.

Maargoed, we zijn ongeveer 4 dagen gaan toeren en dit hebben we allemaal meegemaakt:

~ Dinsdag ~

Ik had maandag en dinsdag niet vrij genomen van stage dus dinsdag heb ik eerst wat werk gedaan. Tegen het einde van de middag hebben we de auto gepakt en zijn we gaan rijden door Malta. Als eerste zijn we naar Mdina gegaan. Hier is een groot deel van de “Game of Thrones” opgenomen dus als je dat hebt gezien kun je je wel voorstellen hoe het er in dat dorpje eruit ziet. Het lijkt wel alsof je in de Middeleeuwen bent beland en met de hoge muren lijkt het net een doolhof. Daarna zijn we doorgereden naar de Dingli Cliffs waar we DE perfecte zonsondergang hebben gezien. Voordat we gingen eten zijn we nog snel naar de Blue Grotto gereden, dit viel echter een beetje tegen. De zon was al onder dus we zagen precies niks. Tip: Ga er overdag heen, niet ’s avonds.

~ Woensdag ~

Vroeg in de ochtend zijn we eerst naar Golden Bay gereden, het mooiste strand van Malta. We hebben lekker een paar uur in het zonnetje gelegen (en zijn als kreeften weer weggegaan). Toen zijn we naar Popeye Village gegaan. Dit is het dorpje waar de film “Popeye” met Robin Williams is opgenomen. Het was zo schattig. Allemaal houten huisjes met een klein strandje om te zwemmen. Hierna hebben we snel de pont genomen naar Gozo en zijn we naar onze B&B gegaan. We werden vriendelijk ontvangen met een lekker koud biertje waarna we naar een restaurantje in ons dorpje Xagħra zijn gereden.

~ Donderdag ~

Onze dag begon met een heerlijk Engels ontbijtje met alle gasten van de B&B. We besloten om na het ontbijt naar een bekende oude tempel in Gozo te gaan, de tempel van Ggantija. Het was bijzonder om te zien en vanaf de tempel was er een mooi uitzicht over een groot deel van Gozo. Vervolgens zijn we weer terug gegaan naar de haven en zijn we naar een eilandje tussen Malta en Gozo gevaren. Het eilandje heet Comino en staat bekend om de Blue Lagune. Helaas zijn er veel mensen die deze mooie plek kennen dus het was enorm druk. Op een gewone donderdagmiddag! We hebben de dag afgesloten in het vissersdorpje Marsalforn in Gozo waar we heerlijk vis hebben gegeten met uitzicht op de mooie bootjes in de haven.

~ Vrijdag ~

Laatste dag… Na ons wederom heerlijke ontbijtje zijn we naar de Azure Window gereden. Tenminste de plek waar hij zou moeten staan want het is dit jaar ingestort. Het zou een mooie boog moeten zijn, nu is het gewoon een afgebroken steen. Het was wel leuk om het verschil te zien. Daarna zijn we gaan picknicken in een heel mooi parkje in de hoofdstad Victoria en we hebben deze stad verder bekeken. Voordat we de pont weer terug namen zijn we random gaan rijden langs de kust. Langs de zout reservoirs, de Ramla Bay … en toen kwamen we bij het verstopte pareltje van Gozo! We zagen een plek waar een paar auto’s geparkeerd stonden, dus wij deden hetzelfde en liepen een trap naast de parkeerplaats af. Het was zo mooi! Het mooiste strand tot nu toe, vooral omdat er zo weinig mensen zaten. Mijn collega’s zeiden dat het strandje Wied il-Għasri heet. Er waren vissen en octopussen dus het was een geweldig stuk om te snorkelen. Hier ga ik zeker nog een keer heen.

Het was een heerlijke week.

Veel liefs,

Romee

How To Be A Bad Boss Effectively

by Mark J Galea

In my (wait a minute. Pause. Stop. I’m 41….so shall I describe my life as long, longish, or short, or relatively short?) professional life, I came across a number of books, articles and papers advising people how to be good or become better managers.

Every single piece of literature under this category aims at converting The Evil Witch/Queen into a whiter-than-white Snow White. I guess, that this creates a gap in the market. So how about addressing those people who want to play the villains at work? Someone needs to acknowledge and address these poor souls, right?

For this reason, I decided to come up with the Bad Boss’s Manual. Political correctness dictates that ignored minorities (or are bad bosses in the majority?) be accepted and embraced. By writing this manual, I feel that not only will they feel embraced, but they will also enjoy a reference guide….a sort of a satanic bible 🙂

Out of respect for generations X, Y and Z who lack enough patience to read articles but have enough time to “invest” in social media, I hereby present you with some brief points to help you become an even worse boss. These are my tips:

1) Empathy is for wusses: You are employed to get a job done. You were given a team to help you achieve YOUR goals….and bonus at the end of the year. Tough luck if they don’t like your style. The door is always open for them to leave and for their substitutes to come through. “Shape up or ship out”: THAT should be your mantra.

2) Terrorise your subordinates: The more your underlings fear you, the more productive they are. This also comes with the added benefit that no one will dare badmouth you. Ever. Not in private. Not in public. Actually, they will praise you with others (both inside and outside the company), and make sure that you get to know they did so. What could possibly give you better gratification than your underlings’ praise? On the flipside, look at how the “kind bosses” get criticised and denigrated in public (both openly and behind their back). Idiots!

3) Divide and conquer: Make sure that you have – at the very least – two factions in your team. Play to their weaknesses and make sure that you can effectively manipulate the weak and insecure team members. In such a scenario, your people will be elbowing each other to curry favour with you. To be in your good books. And while you’re at it, do encourage your underlings to spy on each other and report back to you (1984 style). Reward these loyal servants accordingly. Who can deny that this is a scenario that any manager dreams of?

4) Do your best to lose their trust: If your team fears you already, mistrust is a great bonus! You will become unpredictable in their eyes and THAT’S the one thing they clearly want to avoid. The last thing you want is for your underlings to feel safe. Remember that safe = complacent.

5) Make it clear that you play the political game, and that you have your own agendas: Nothing will make your people feel more insecure and terrorised than the fear of being left out of your grand plan. Actually, they will fight each other out for the leading role of your scheme. They will happily volunteer to do the dirty work for you. They will fight each other to the death like gladiators to climb the beanstalk and steal the magic harp from the giant. Make them play the political game like a video game: kill the ogres to score points. The more they kill, the higher the score…….Which gives me an idea. How about actually creating a leaderboard? No one would want to be at the bottom of the table, right? Muwahhhaaaahaaaaahaa.

6) Badmouth your underlings with other team members AND other managers: If you want to make sure that your underlings will treat you like a deity, you must prevent them from trusting you. Gossip as much as you can….and while you’re at it, make sure to add some of your spice. Go on. Spill the beans. Let them suffer and beg for your kindness.

7) Make sure they don’t trust you: Remember that trust also leads to complacency. If you earn the reputation of bad mouthing people, no one would want to fall victim of your rants. And what’s the best way for them to prevent this? By working hard to be in your good books….and to stay there.

8) Be angry all the time: No one likes to deal with angry people, and this would keep your underlings off your back. Would they dare bothering you with their personal problems? Of course not! Would they come up with some lame excuse for failing in their tasks? Unthinkable. Better still, no one likes to cross an angry manager. Who would be stupid enough to volunteer to fall victim of your wrath? No one should be that stupid, right? And if someone is that stupid, then they shouldn’t be on your team. This is an extremely effective way of getting things done, and achieve your goals.

9) Bark orders at your underlings: Nicities are for softies. Ditch any flowery language and make good use of your voice to show your people that you’re the boss. When ordering them around, make sure to bark your orders thus ensuring that your team is badgered into submission.

10) Be as unfair as possible: Make it clear that you have your own pets. That some animals are more equal than the others. Fairness is for the weak. You must also make sure to be unfair when rewarding your loyal servants. Kick logic and common sense out of the window. Make them crave and work hard for your favours. Convince them to turn their bitter disappointments (when you decide not to give them their rewards) into an even bigger strife for your favours.

11) Avoid consistency at all costs: Consistency makes you predictable; and you don’t want that, do you? Make sure that your underlings are constantly guessing what you’re scheming and that they can never be in a position to predict how you’re going to act. Spice this up by doing things in a diametrically opposed way to what you preach. Avoid acting like this all the time though, otherwise, you’d become consistent. After all, the element of surprise will keep your team motivated to follow your orders to the letter. You also need to master the art of dishonouring promises. Do it tactfully, and you’ll be laughing.

12) Clarity is a weakness: If you want to keep your team under control, make sure that your orders, instructions, and communication are as vague and convoluted as possible. This will inevitably make your underlings come to you asking for direction thus strengthening your power and forging their dependence on you.

13) Denigrate and ridicule your team in public: Make sure that you ridicule different individuals at least once a day. Quash their dreams. Make them understand that they are not worthy…..and keep on reminding them that there IS a reason (or more than one) why YOU are THE manager, and THEY are your servants. THEY are a means to an end. YOUR end. You’ll be amazed by the results you will achieve.

14) Take and keep complete control: Team members are like characters in a video game. You are the player holding the controller. Make sure that you dictate every single step. Every single move. There should be no room for individualism and personal ideas. YOU are the manager and YOU know best. Their role is to do what you say. To follow your instructions. You have no other option but to micromanage your underlings. You’re the only one who knows how every single task has to be carried out  😉

15) You know best: How dare they come up with ideas? How dare they suggest something that’s different to your way of doing things? How dare they question your you?There’s no room for suggestions or any form of discussion. This is yet another reason why micromanagement is the name of the game. Surely IF they were THAT good, THEY’d be managers, right?

16) Make them work hard for you: You will not tolerate anyone who dares to turn up late. It is also unacceptable for you that anyone dares to leave on time. Any “reasons” which – let’s face it – in reality, are excuses should be rubbished straight away. Make it clear that you expect your team to be at work early and leave as late as possible. You shouldn’t be happy to meet deadlines. Impress your bosses by finishing tasks before agreed deadlines. Needless to say, it’s OK for you to leave before any of your underlings.

17) Take all the credit for your underlings’ performance: This is precisely the reason why you need to hold the game controller. How can you claim success if you don’t have complete control? Make sure that your own bosses, your peers and your underlings know that your team’s excellent performance is SOLELY down to your input. If the company ever gets to lose you, there will be no tomorrow! They might as well shut down when you walk out the door.

18) Fire an employee every month: This will definitely keep them on their toes! Fire someone for the stupidest (and most illogical) of reasons, and you will see the team’s productivity soar. Keep this going every month, and you will be unstoppable. And remember: unstoppable = untouchable 😉

19) Hire underachievers: The more unemployable (for others) job candidates are, the more attractive they are for you. You will be the only one who gave them a job after weeks, months or years of searching. They will be forever grateful and will never, ever think of disobeying your orders. Furthermore, not a single one of these underlings will ever even think of dethroning you to take your job.

20) Surround yourself with yesmen: You already have to deal fellow managers and your bosses. Unfortunately, they don’t always do as you say. So why should you allow your underlings to add to the grief and frustration? You are the boss and their sole function is to march to your orders. Make sure that they clearly understand their place in your kingdom. Oops! I mean….department.

I will now leave you with this parting shot: always keep in mind that your decisions are irrevocable and final because, without a shadow of any doubt, you are always unquestionably right!

Job of the Week

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.

The First Intern in the New Office

Me

Hello everyone, my name is Romée van der Arend. I am 20 years old and I’m studying Business Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. I used to play hockey for a long time, I love traveling and I like going out with my friends.

I’m now in my third year of my university course in Business Administration and I choose to do an internship in Malta. I choose to do an internship because I haven’t done any internships yet at the university and I would like to learn more about the business life and business cultures. Also, I wanted to do my internship abroad because I think it is a great experience and you can learn a lot about another country.

Me and Malta

First, I went looking for a country to do my internship in. I’m planning on going traveling trough Asia and Australia after my Bachelor (after my third year). For that reason I didn’t want to go too far from the Netherlands, so I choose a country in Europe. Moreover, I wanted a warm country (in the south), preferably with palm trees (: . Most importantly, I wanted to improve my English and because Malta is a former colony of England, everyone speaks English. That’s why I choose Malta!

Me and Quad Consultancy

I asked family and friends, whether anyone had some tips about doing an internship in Malta. That’s how I became a member of the dutch Facebook group ‘Dutch youth in Malta’ (Nederlandse jongeren op Malta). Through that group I came in contact with a former intern from Quad Consultancy, Iris. I was really excited about this company so I applied to become the new Recruitment Intern. So now here I am. And coincidentally the company just moved to another city, so I am the first intern in the new office in Mosta!

Me and the Maltese Culture

As I already expected before I came here, many things are different from the Netherlands. Still I was amazed by many things in Malta.

I already heard about the different mentality in the south, but you will only really know what it’s like when you live there. In the Netherlands everybody wants to be on time. Everything has to be done as fast as possible and people get annoyed when the bus is 5 minutes late. But here it’s different. Maltese people take their time to help everyone as good as possible and everyone is used to wait in a queue.
Another difference with the Netherlands is that it’s so busy everywhere. Malta is a very crowded country with a lot of foreigners. That’s why there is a lot of traffic and traffic jams. When you go with the public transport it will take you twice as long as predicted. And the schools in Malta didn’t even start yet!
But it’s all ok here. No one seems to care and makes the best of everything. In the bus a lot of people chat with each other, even with people they don’t know. Yesterday for example I spoke with someone that used to work as a manager for KPN. That’s also something I like a lot, everyone is very social.

So far, I am really enjoying Malta. I’m very happy I choose Malta and Quad Consultancy and I look forward to the coming months.

Lots of love,

Romée

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De eerste stagair in de nieuwe office!

Ik

Hallo allemaal, ik ben Romée van der Arend. Ik ben 20 jaar oud en ik studeer Bedrijfskunde op de Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam. Ik heb jarenlang gehockeyd, ik hou van reizen en ik vind het leuk om af te spreken met vrienden.

Ik zit nu in het derde jaar van mijn studie en ik heb ervoor gekozen om een stage te doen in het buitenland. Ik heb gekozen voor een stage omdat ik op de universiteit nog geen stages heb gedaan en ik graag meer wil zien van een bedrijfsleven en bedrijfsculturen. Ook wilde ik graag dan in het buitenland stage lopen. Dit lijkt mij een geweldige ervaring en je leert gelijk veel over een ander land.

Ik en Malta

Ik ging eerst op zoek naar een land waar ik mijn stage wilde doen. Mijn plan is om na mijn Bachelor (na het derde jaar) een wereldreis te maken. Om die reden wilde ik niet te ver weg en heb ik dus gekozen voor een land in Europa. Daarbij wilde ik graag toch een warm (zuidelijk) land, het liefst met palmbomen :). Als laatste wilde ik graag mijn Engels verbeteren en omdat malta een voormalige kolonie is, spreken veel mensen Engels. Daarom heb ik voor Malta gekozen.

Ik en Quad Consultancy

Dus ik ging rondvragen bij familie en vrienden. Had er iemand tips om een stage in Malta te vinden? Zo kwam ik bij de facebookgroep ‘Nederlandse jongeren op Malta’. Via de facebookgroep kwam ik in contact met een voormalige stagiair van Quad Consultancy, Iris. Ik was meteen enthousiast en ik solliciteerde voor de functie van Recruitment Intern. En ja nu zit ik hier. En toevallig is het bedrijf net verhuisd dus ik ben de eerste stagair in het nieuwe kantoor in Mosta!

Ik en de Maltese cultuur

Zoals ik al had verwacht, zijn veel dingen anders dan in Nederland. Maar toch zijn er een paar dingen waar ik me over verbaasde in Malta.

Ik had al wel eens gehoord dat de mentaliteit anders is in het zuiden. Maar je weet het pas echt als je het meemaakt. In Nederland let iedereen altijd op de tijd. Alles moet zo snel mogelijk gebeuren en raken geïrriteerd als de bus 5 minuten te laat is. Hier is het anders. Maltezen nemen de tijd om iedereen zo goed mogelijk te helpen en het maakt niet uit hoe lang de rij is.

Een ander verschil met Nederland is dat het zo druk ik overal. Malta is een heel druk land met veel buitenlanders. Daardoor is er veel verkeer en overal is er file. Voor een ritje met het openbaar vervoer ben je vaak twee keer zo lang onderweg dan voorspeld. En de scholen zijn nog niet eens begonnen in Malta!

Maar hier maakt het allemaal niet uit. Niemand lijkt zich eraan te ergeren en maakt er het beste van. In de bus maakt iedereen een praatje met elkaar, ook met mensen die ze niet kennen. Bijvoorbeeld gister heb ik in de bus de hele weg met een oud manager van KPN gepraat. Dat is dus ook wat ik heel leuk vind van Malta, iedereen is zo sociaal.

Tot nu toe heb ik me heel erg vermaakt hier. Ik ben heel blij dat ik voor Malta en Quad Consultancy heb gekozen en ik kijk uit naar de komende maanden.

Veel liefs,

Romée

New Marketing Intern!

My name is Victoria López Flores and I am the new Marketing intern at Quad Consultancy. I am eager to find out everything that I’m going to learn and what I can bring to them. As a first task I’m the new manager of the blog, so like my predecessors, I’m going to publish interesting posts. But now I’m going to talk a little bit about myself.

About me

I’m a Spanish student studying Advertising and Public Relation. Since I had my first experience in an advertising agency I knew that this is what I want to do. When I finished there I had a great opportunity to work in a big software company but this did not happened because of my low level of English. So that is why I ventured and I traveled to London where I believed I would learn a lot of English. Unfortunately, I couldn’t live there for a lot of time because it very expensive to live and with my English skills I didn’t get great job opportunities. The positive of the experience is that I fell in love with my current boyfriend and together we decided again to start in a new adventure and to travel to Malta.

Why Malta?

Simple. My objective is to learn English and since my experience in London was not entirely good, in Europe only two countries where left were the English is the official language; Ireland and Malta. Sincerely I don’t like the cold, I am used to hot weather and lived close to the beach in Spain. After looking for some information about Malta finally we chose this destination. I have been living in Malta since January and although there are many things to improve like the government departments, Malta is helping me create lovely memories, especially because of my puppy called Omega who I bought from Gozo.

Why Quad Consultancy?

After half a year in a distance university, I had finished my final exams and for someone like me with a restless personality I began to look for jobs. At first I thought that although I have experience, I don’t have a level of English that would satisfy a company. Even so I took the risk and looked for Internet vacancies of Marketing. I didn’t do a exhaustive research, like I said I didn’t think that a company was going to take me, so I only sent one CV, to Quad Consultancy. After meeting them, they gave me the opportunity, so now I am working here!

For me it will be a pleasure to write blog posts and motivate you to comment too! If you are looking for a job in Malta, tell us your reasons for this!

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¡Nueva interna en Marketing!

Mi nombre es Victoria López Flores y voy a ser la nueva interna en Marketing de Quad Consultancy. Estoy ansiosa por saber todo lo que voy a aprender y lo que puedo aportar aquí. Como primera tarea voy a ser la nueva encargada del blog, asique como mis antecesores en el puesto, voy a ir publicando entradas de interés. Pero ahora os voy a hablar un poquito acerca de mi.

Sobre mi

Soy una estudiante de Publicidad y Relaciones públicas española que tuvo su primera experiencia en una agecia de publicidad y desde entonces se que esto es lo que quiero hacer. Al terminar allí tuve la oportunidad de trabajar con una gran empresa de software pero no pude finalmente por mi bajo nivel de inglés, asi que me aventuré y me fuí a Londres donde creí que aprendería muchisimo inglés. Desgraciadamente, no pude continuar durante mucho tiempo alli ya que era demasiado caro y con mi nivel de ingés, no tenia grandes oportunidades loborales. Lo bueno que me lleve de allí fue que me enamoré de mi actual novio, con el que decidí embarcarme en una nueva aventura y viajar a Malta.

¿Por qué Malta?

Simple. Mi objetivo, es aprender inglés y puesto que mi experiencia en Londres no fue del todo buena, en Europa solo quedan otros dos paises donde el ingles es el idioma oficial; Irlanda y Malta. Sinceramente no me gusta el frio y estoy acostumbrada a vivir cerca de la playa y después de buscar información sobre Malta finalmente elegimos este destino. Llevo en Malta desde Enero de este año y aunque tienen muchas cosas por mejorar la administración del Gobierno, mi perrito de 4 meses llamado Omega siempre será Gozano, por lo que siempre tendré un bonito recuerdo este país.

¿Por qué empezar en Quad?

Depués de medio año en una Universidad a Distancia, e intentado integrarme con mi bajo nivel de ingles en Malta, como acabo de terminar mis examenes y por mi personalidad inquieta me puse a buscar. En un principio ni siquiera me lo planté, pensé que en ningún sitio que cojerían, aunque tengo experiencia en una agencia de publicidad, no tengo el nivel sufieciente para satisfacer a un cliente con todas sus dudas. Aun así me arriesgue y busqué por internet vacantes de Marketing. No hice una busqueda muy detallada porque como he dicho no pensé que me fueran a cojer, por lo que solo envié un curriculum, aquí en Quad Consultancy. Y ahora depues de conocerles y darme la oportunidad, ¡trabajo aquí!

Será un placer escribir de vez en cuando artículos y animaros a que vosotros también comenteis! Que expliqueis vuestro motivo por el que vivis o porque quereis buscar un trabajo en Malta.