Quad Malta

From Dijon to Malta

Dear Readers,

Well, here we are, this is my first note on Quad’s blog, I hope you’ll find it as interesting as my predecessors’ ones. Before saying anything else let me introduce myself : my name is Guilhem, I’m 20 years old, I come from the city of Dijon in Burgundy… land of fine wine and of the world known mustard. I’m currently in the process of completing a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Grenoble-Alpes. In order to do so a three month internship abroad was mandatory. Since I’m looking into continuing my studies in the area of Human Resources next year, I might as well try to gain more experience in that field.

At first I really concentrated my internship research on the United States, but as weeks were going by I oriented myself to closer destinations. I really wanted to practice my English, to perfect it, and, since I love Summer, the sun, and so on, Malta seemed to be the destination that filled all the criterias.

To say the truth, before arriving on the Island I really didn’t know much about it except that a lot of young people go in the Summer to party and to try to get a tan.

I was really happy to be accepted at Quad Consultancy. The interview I had with them, really made me think it would be the right place to learn more about HR and about the Maltese culture. And I’ve got to say, I was right… Well, even if it’s been a short time since my arrival when typing this, I sincerely think it will only continue getting better and better as the weeks go on.

It’s only been a couple weeks since I arrived, and I can already say that I love the weather, even though it has been a little foggy in the mornings, the sun always comes out at some point and it’s very nice. For what I have seen in my first days on the Island, Malta seems to be the result of a mix of Italian, Arabic and English cultures, they also have their own weird language, but don’t worry, the majority of Maltese have a very decent level of English (better than French people !). I’m renting an apartment in Lija with friends (a bit far from the dynamic zone) but I had the opportunity to walk down Sliema’s seashore, and it was very nice.

I’m eager to know more about Malta and about Maltese culture to share it with you.

Guilhem

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Chers Lecteurs,

Voici ma première contribution au blog de Quad Consultancy, en espérant que vous trouviez cette note aussi intéressante que celles de mes prédécesseurs. Avant d’aller plus loin je vais me présenter : je me prénomme Guilhem, j’ai 20 ans et je viens de Dijon en Bourgogne. Je suis en fin de troisième année de Licence Management à l’Université de Grenoble-Alpes. La dernière étape pour valider mon année était de réaliser un stage de trois mois à l’étranger. J’envisage de poursuivre mes études dans les Ressources-Humaines l’an prochain, c’est pour ça que j’ai essayé de trouver un stage dans ce domaine. J’ai commencé par concentrer mes recherches sur les Etats-Unis, mais les semaines passaient sans que je ne reçoive de réponse positive, c’est ainsi que je me suis donc tourné vers des destinations plus proches. J’avais vraiment envie de mettre en pratique mon anglais, pour le perfectionner, et amoureux du soleil et de la chaleur je me suis donc naturellement tourné vers Malte.
Honnêtement avant d’arriver sur l’île je ne savais pas vraiment à quoi m’attendre, à part que beaucoup de jeunes y vont pour festoyer et se dorer la pillule.

Je suis vraiment heureux d’avoir été accepté chez Quad Consultancy. L’entretien que j’ai eu avec eux m’a laissé penser que ca serait l’endroit idéal où je pourrai à la fois en apprendre plus sur les Ressources Humaines, et apprendre à mieux connaître la culture maltaise. Même si je ne suis pas ici depuis longtemps je n’ai pas l’impression de m’être trompé, et je pense que ca ne fera que s’améliorer.

Je ne suis que là depuis deux semaines mais je peux déjà dire que j’adore le temps, malgré la brume matinale et le vent. Le soleil trouve toujours un moyen de montrer le bout de son nez. Du peu que j’ai vu, Malte semble être un mélange de culture arabe, anglaise et italienne. Les locaux parlent également un langage un peu bizarre, mais pas d’inquiétude ils parlent presque tous l’anglais (mieux que nous en tout cas). Je loue un appartement en collocation avec des amis, c’est un peu loin de la zone dynamique de l’île mais ca ne m’a pas empêché d’aller marcher le long de la mer à Sliema.

J’ai vraiment envie de mieux connaître Malte et la culture maltaise. Je me ferai un plaisir de le partager avec vous.

Guilhem

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Estimados lectores,

Ya está mi primera intervención en el blog de Quad, espero que será tan interesante como las de mis predecesores. Discúlpenme si hay errores, todavía tengo mucho a aprender en castellano. Pero bueno, lo importante es que me entienden, ¿o no? Antes de decir más, tengo que presentarme : me llamo Guilhem, tengo 20 años, vengo de Dijon en Borgoña… ciudad famosa por sus vinos y su mundialmente conocida mostaza. Llegué ahora en el último año de mi diplomatura de gestión en la Universidad de Grenoble-Alpes, para validarla tengo que lograr una práctica de tres meses fuera de Francia. El año que sigue querría hacer una licenciatura en RR.HH, por eso intenté encontrar una pasantía en ese sector. Empecé a buscar ella en los EE.UU, pero después de semanas sin ninguna respuesta positiva orienté mis búsquedas en destinaciones más cercanas.
Quería estar en lugar donde hay sol, calor y donde -además de todo- se habla inglés. Y en Europa no hay un montón de lugares de ese tipo… naturalmente empecé a buscar en Malta.

Honestamente, antes de llegar acá no sabía qué esperar, sabía que cada verano estudiantes europeos de todos lados se juntan en la isla para festejar y broncear.
Estoy muy alegre de ser seleccionado como pasante por Quad Consultancy. La entrevista que tuve con ellos fue muy interesante, y me dio la impresión que sería la empresa perfecta para aprender y desarrollar mi conocimiento de los RR.HH y para aprender más de la cultura de Malta y de su pueblo. Aunque no estoy acá desde mucho tiempo tengo la impresión que no me he engañado.

Hace solamente dos semanas que estoy acá, pero ya puedo decir que me encanta el tiempo mediterráneo, aunque la niebla matinal y el viento que hay de vez en cuando. Malta es de lo que vi una mezcla entre cultura árabe, italiana e inglés. La gente habla tiene una idioma extraño pero la mayoría de ellos tienen un nivel de inglés alto (mejor que los franceses jaja!). Alquilo un departamento con amigos en una ciudad fuera de la zona dinámica, pero no me impide de caminar a lo largo del mar en Sliema y de ir de joda como quiero.

Tengo muchísimas ganas de conocer más es lugarcito y de aprender más de la cultura maltés. Será un placer compartir todo con ustedes.

Guille

Job of the Week

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France to Malta

Hello ! My name is Sabrina, I’m 26 years old and I come from Dijon, in France.

I finished my studies not so long ago, and now I’m an occupational psychologist doing an internship in Malta.

Why this additional recruitment internship? I already have some professional experience in the fields of professional orientation and insertion, and I wanted to discover the “other side” of this job and diversify my skills, especially improve my level of English. I also wanted to discover another country with a different culture and history. I love to travel so much, so I’m always motivated and happy to meet people with a different vision of life, it’s really rewarding.

Why Malta ? Malta is a historic island with a strong culture which attracted me. It is also a place where many people are fluent in English, and there are a lot of job opportunities.

I have been in Malta for 3 weeks now, the first week was spent discovering and visiting different places in this country. For example, I went to the historic city like Mdina which I fell in love with, and the 3 old cities (Cospicua, Senglea, Vittoriosa) located in front of Valletta. I also spent time in more peaceful places like Gozo with its beautiful beaches and high cliffs, it was really great to see it.

People here are really friendly, they are less stressed than in France (except on the road) and it feels good to be in Maltese mode 🙂 You can also meet a lot of people who come from different countries, it’s really rewarding.

So I started my internship within Quad Consultancy 1 week ago and I’m really happy to be part of this team. My colleagues are attentive and really caring with the trainees. I’m staying for 5 months so I know that I could really evolve my skills with different recruitment tasks and responsibilities.

In summary I have a really good first impression of Malta : it is a mix between many countries like Italy, Maghreb, England, France… You can also see it in the Maltese language and culture, and this is what makes this country so attractive to me.

 

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Bonjour ! Je m’appelle Sabrina, j’ai 26 ans et je viens de Dijon, en France. J’ai terminé mes études il n’y a pas longtemps, et maintenant je suis Psychologue du travail en stage à Malte.

Pourquoi ce stage supplémentaire ? J’ai déjà de l’expérience professionnelle dans le domaine de l’orientation et de l’insertion professionnelle, et je voulais découvrir “l’autre” côté de ce métier et diversifier mes compétences, surtout augmenter mon niveau d’Anglais. Je voulais aussi découvrir un nouveau pays avec une culture et une histoire différente. J’adore tellement voyager, alors je suis toujours motivée et contente de rencontrer des personnes avec une vision de la vie différente, c’est tellement enrichissant.

Pourquoi Malte ? Malte est une île historique avec une forte culture qui m’a attirée. C’est aussi un endroit dont beaucoup de Maltais sont bilingues en Anglais, et il y a beaucoup d’opportunités professionnelles.

Cela fait 3 semaines que je suis à Malte maintenant, la première semaine à été consacrée à la découverte et visite des différents endroits de ce pays. Par exemple, je suis allée aux villes historiques comme Mdina dont je suis tombée amoureuse, et les 3 vieilles villes (Cospicua, Senglea, Vittoriosa) situées en face de la Valette. J’ai aussi passé du temps dans des endroits plus tranquilles comme Gozo avec ses belles plages et hautes falaises, c’était vraiment super de voir tout ça.

Les gens ici sont vraiment amicaux, ils sont moins stressés qu’en France (à part sur la route) et ça fait du bien d’être sur un mode Maltais Vous pouvez aussi rencontrer beaucoup de personnes qui viennent de différents pays, c’est vraiment enrichissant.

Donc j’ai commencé mon stage au sein de Quad Consultancy il y a 1 semaine et je suis vraiment contente de faire partie de cette équipe. Mes collègues sont à l’écoute et vraiment bienveillants avec les stagiaires. Je reste pour 5 mois donc je sais que mes compétences évolueront avec différentes tâches et responsabilités en recrutement.

En conclusion j’ai vraiment une bonne première impression de Malte : c’est vraiment un mélange de plusieurs pays comme l’Italie, le Magrheb, l’Angleterre, la France… Vous pouvez aussi le voir dans la langue Maltaise et la culture, et c’est ce qui fait que ce pays m’attire tellement.

 

Finally in Malta!!

Hello everyone !

My name is Lindsay, I am 22 and I come from Nantes, it is a city located in the North West of France. It is a city known for it’s cakes called “Biscuit Nantais”.

I have passed my Bachelors Degree in Human Ressources so I decided to move abroad for an internship to improve my English, but also to develop my skills in Human Resources. In fact, I have already worked as a Human Resources Assistant during my Bachelors Degree in a maritime shipping company. During this training I was in charge of making contrats, participating in the payroll process and organizing training for the seafarers. Thanks to this experience it made me want to continue my studies in this field.

I arrived in Malta on the 18th February and I literally love this place. The people are very friendly and kind except bus drivers sometimes are unpleasant. I rent a beautiful flat in Sliema near the ferry, I share this flat with 3 other girls who come from Japan and France. We are very close and do a lot of activities together like parties, dinners, or have a walk in Sliema.

I chose Malta for my internship because I wanted to discover another country, culture and also internationalize my resume for my future career. And the weather of course!!

I am doing my internship at Quad Consultancy for 3 months, my tasks will include participating at all the recruitment process, support the team and participate in some job interviews.

I am very exciting to work with these lovely people.

Lindsay

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Bonjour tous le monde!

Je me présente je m’appelle Lindsay j’ai 22 ans et je suis de Nantes. Nantes est une ville située au nord-ouest de la France. Cette charmante ville est connue pour ses délicieux biscuits nommés les Biscuits Nantais.

J’ai validé cette année ma licence professionnelle Gestionnaire des Ressources humaines, une fois celle-ci validé j’ai décidé de partir à l’étranger pour effectuer un stage professionnel dans le but d’améliorer mon anglais et mes compétences. En effet j’ai réalisé ma licence en alternance dans une entreprise maritime, j’avais le poste d’assistante RH, j’étais en charge de préparer les contrats, participer à la paie, préparer les formations pour les marins

Je suis arrivée à Malte le 18 février 2018, et j’aime vraiment ce pays. Les habitants sont très accueillants et gentils sauf les chauffeurs de bus qui sont souvent désagréable. J’habite dans un superbe appartement situé en plein centre de Sliema que je partage avec 3 autres filles originaire du Japon et de France. Nous sommes très proches et nous faisons beaucoup d’activités ensemble tel que sortir en soirée, préparer des dîners, ou bien se promener aux alentours de Sliema.

J’ai choisi de partir à Malte car j’avais envie de découvrir un autre pays, une culture différente je cherchais aussi à être dépayser et c’est le cas.
Mais avant tout je cherche à internationaliser mon CV pour ma futur carrière.

Je suis actuellement en stage chez Quad Consultancy pour 3 mois j’aurais pour mission de participer au processus de recrutement, accompagner l’équipe dans leurs tâches mais aussi participer aux recrutements.

J’ai hâte de travailler dans cette nouvelle équipe !

Lindsay

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

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.

Outsource payroll

Payroll nightmare?

If you know at least one person who takes care of payroll, then you’re probably familiar with all the annoying stories of disgruntled people they have to deal with every day.

Going out for a Friday drink with a friend of mine, who’s a Finance professional, means one thing – listening to her frustrations over payroll, accounts and the constant backlog she has to deal with.

As much as I can imagine payroll being a routine job, to say the least, I still cannot understand why is it such a headache for most companies! At the end of the day, if you’re running a business, you also have to pay your employees and somebody has to deal with this crucial process. If you get the employees’ pay wrong, you’re most definitely asking for trouble.

Working at Quad Consultancy gave me an excellent opportunity to do a bit of research to see why they claim that by outsourcing payroll, people’s life can be made easier.

As it turned out, it’s not payroll itself that is a nightmare but rather the way the companies decide to go about it. If like my friend, you work for a small or medium-sized company, then most likely you don’t have a separate payroll department. It’s either HR or  Finance who ends up doing it, and…guess what? Because of deadlines and other urgent matters, payroll sometimes ends up being seen as a “side job”…and additional task…a nuisance!

They both seem to be thinking that accountants are there for numbers and HR to… well, deal with people. Unfortunately, payroll needs a bit of both and hiring a payroll administrator equals additional cost to your business.

I can imagine how the time to run the payroll function is a cost, but when you add the initial investment in the software, and the yearly costs of software updates, and maintenance agreements, plus the employee’s leave, sick leave, bonuses, NI and other costs, then the natural question is: “is it REALLY worth it?”

And let’s not talk about the headaches of payroll administrators needing to take sick leave at the end of the month. What about replacing them when they leave? Now THAT is a nightmare!

But it CAN get worse! Have you considered the issue of confidentiality? How many times have companies experienced leaks of information about salaries and – horror of horrors – those EVIL performance bonuses?

So, it seems like I got a pretty straightforward answer to my question about payroll being a company’s nightmare.

What’s the solution to your payroll problem?

OUTSOURCE!

I’m neither a business owner nor a frustrated employee dealing with payroll. However, I cannot understand why anyone would want to go through so much hassle and expense. It’s just easier to leave it to professionals who will take a headache away at a CHEAPER cost!

Why would you waste time and money on payroll when you can free up the time and boost the productivity by investing in skills they will actually want to learn and use at work? Outsourcing will definitely work out cheaper than hiring a payroll administrator, training them and then watching them leave because they got bored of doing the same thing month in month out…or because they were offered more by someone else. REMEMBER, a good, reliable Payroll Administrator comes at a cost. A huge one indeed!

Now I’m off to meet my friend, and guess what I’m going to be talking to her about! Yes, you’re right. I’m going to talk to her about payroll outsourcing… Maybe in a few weeks, we’ll be able to talk about boys, clothes, hangovers, gossip and other interesting stuff…

Job of the Week

Development Manager

The ClientOur client, a leading online company based in Malta is looking for a Development Manager to join their team.Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for leading a development team consists of Team Leads, Frontend Developer and QAs.
  • Responsible for processes, organization and taking ownership of the competence – and resource planning for your teams.
  • Building and developing the agile organization.
  • Working closely to our product owners and stakeholders to create the best performance, functionality and user experience in the industry
  • Ensure that the teams at all times have the relevant skills to be able to meet their challenges and deliver as fast as possible with quality built-in.

Requirements

  • Experience from working in fast growing technical organizations, preferably online
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing development teams
  • Technical background, but have taken the step into more of a leader role
  • Strong understanding of software development lifecycle and development methodologies
  • Ability to build relationships, collaborate with and influence cross-functional teams across the organization
  • Resourceful, flexible, and open to new ways of thinking, with the ability to drive change
  • Love for agile and experience in working in agile environment

If you’d like to apply for this role, please send your CV in MS Word format (your name in the file name) toCarmen at [email protected]. Should you require further information, please call on +356 2099 444

Malta and my first impressions / Malte et mes premières impressions

by Cyril Chanson

I have chosen in this article to focus on several aspects of Malta, I will then share my first impressions from when I arrived on the island.

The population of Malta is approximately 430 000 people. This can increase to one and a half million due to tourism. The island is located in the centre of the Mediterranean, at the crossroad between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Malta gained independent from the UK in 1964, while keeping English as one of their national languages together with Maltese.

Let us talk about Malta’s weather … To be candid; Malta looks like a splendid island! If you are unlucky you might see rain, but it is quite scarce. The island benefits from a subtropical-Mediterranean climate: this means a hot and humid summer and a relatively mild winter – you may like to know that in the middle of November it is around 23 degrees during the day.

Regarding to the cost of living in Malta, it is quite good. On one hand the island is a member of the Eurozone, so this avoids the exchange costs. On the other hand, the cost of living is approximately 20% lower than in France. It is not so hard to eat lunch with less than 5e in cafes – Pastizzerias are mostly found at every corner. You also have the possibility to go out for lunch, and enjoy a good pizza for less than 10e, while overlooking the sea like at Piccolo Padre in St Julian’s.

What can I say about the Malta public transport?

Obviously, it is horrendous! Even if it has been updated a few years ago to reach customer expectations, there are a number of buses which do not pass… The only one advice I can give you is to be patient!

I arrived in my host family with a Ferrari’s driver, I’m kidding, and just a taxi who thought that he was professional driver! Remember that they drive on the left side of the road, it had surprised me a bit and I wasn’t reassured, hopefully they know their roads.

At midnight on September 13th, speaking to my host mother allowed me to discover that she is a teacher! So I was pleased to learn that I could buff up on my English, even at home. It was with a soothing mind that I went to sleep, raring to meet the other students the next day!

The one thing which surprised me was the price of water! All I had to do back home is turning on the tap and drink, but not here – it is to wonder if alcohol is cheaper than water.

The next morning on September 14th, I met my housemates, with who I was going to go to EF school, coming from overseas; Japan, China and Italy. EF is one of the biggest language schools in Malta and has its own Beach club. As soon as we entered, I was pleasantly surprised about the diversity of the students. The first discussions which we had between ourselves were relatively hilarious! Most of us were not very skilled in English which is exactly why we came here. After school all students went to party for an amazing night in Paceville.

Paceville for people who don’t know yet is the most well-known place to party in Malta through several bars, which offer cheap alcohol such as a pitcher at 5e, 60 shots for 22e and better still 2 drinks for less than 3e. One of the greatest things here is that you can find different ambiance according to your wishes; from Fuego’s with its free salsa lessons to nightclubs such as Hugo’s. Indeed Paceville allows people to meet each other for a good time.

Malte et mes premières impressions

J’ai choisi de développer dans cet article les raisons de choisir Malte comme destination et ainsi que d’évoquer mes premières impressions en arrivant cette île.

Malta est une île de 450 000 habitants allant jusqu’à plusieurs millions dans les périodes touristiques, se situant à la croisée des chemins entre l’Occident et le Maghreb et l’Orient. Malte est devenu indépendant de l’Angleterre en 1964, tout en gardant l’anglais comme langue nationale avec le maltais.

Parlons un peu du climat à Malte… Pour ne rien vous cacher on se croirait sur une ile paradisiaque ! Très peu de pluie, sous un climat méditerranéen- subtropical: un été chaud et un hiver relativement doux (actuellement 23 degrés au milieu du mois de novembre).

Le coût de la vie à Malte est relativement intéressant, d’une part l’ile appartient à la zone euro et évite ainsi les frais de change. D’autre part, le cout de la vie est environ 20% moins élevé qu’en France, il n’est pas rare de déjeuner pour moins de 5€ grâce aux pastizzerias que l’on peut trouver à chaque coin de rue.

Seule surprise : le prix de l’eau ! Car ici – contrairement à la France- l’eau n’est pas potable à proprement parler. Il faut donc acheter ses propres bouteilles d’eau et cela revient presque plus cher que l’alcool !

Que pouvons-nous dire sur la qualité des transports en commun ; honnêtement pas terrible ! Bien que le réseau de transport ait été modifié il y a deux ans de cela afin de répondre aux attentes, on ne compte plus le nombre de bus qui ne passent pas à l’heure prévue… le mieux est de s’armer de patience !

Arrivé à malte mi-septembre, ma première surprise a été avec le conducteur de taxi. En effet, ce dernier, s’est cru au volant une Ferrari, je vous rappelle qu’ils roulent à le cote gauche, je vous laisse imaginer les petites frayeurs que j’ai pu avoir !

C’est à minuit, après ce rallye que j’arrivai dans ma nouvelle famille, en discutant avec la mère de ma famille d’accueil je découvris qu’elle est professeur d’anglais, quoi de mieux pour apprendre l’anglais chez un professeur de langues ! C’est l’esprit apaisé que je pars me coucher en songeant avec impatience à la journée du lendemain : découvrir l’école et ses étudiants.

Au réveil je fis connaissance de mes colocataires venant des quatre coins du monde : un Italien, un Chinois et un Japonais. Et, C’est parti pour une nouvelle aventure !

L’école EF possède son propre Beach Club dans lequel on y a été conviés pour la journée d’information ; c’est à cette occasion que l’on a pu observer la diversité des étudiants. Les premières discussions étaient relativement désopilantes ! Et oui parler anglais n’était pas naturel pour nous. La journée se passa plus rapidement qu’il n’en faut pour le dire et se finit dans les bars a l’occasion d’une soirée d’intégration mémorable.

Ha j’oubliais ! Les sorties à Paceville ne sont pas chères ; il n’est pas rare de trouver des pichets à 5€, 60shots à 22€ ou encore 2 verres à moins de 3€. Chaque bar possède sa propre ambiance, du bar latino avec des cours de Salsa au Fuego’s jusqu’à la boite de nuit du Havana, tout en passant par les bars-club du Hugo’s ou Soho.