The following information has been compiled to provide guidance to you as a jobseeker – particularly if you intend to register for work. Registration for work means that you are ready and willing to take active steps to improve your employability and to seek and take up work. We are pleased to assist you in doing so.
The Unemployment Register
The Unemployment Register has three main parts. Part 1 of the Register is for persons who have never worked, or who have been made redundant. Persons on Part 1 of the Register may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Part 2 is for persons who resigned from their previous job, who have missing documents, were dismissed, or who have been removed from Part 1 of the Register. Part 3 is for persons who are already in employment but who would like to be notified of other work opportunities. Part 3B is for those persons who are seeking temporary employment, such as students.
There are also Part 3C 1 and Part 3C 2 for those who wish to have a part-time job as a sole employment or as another employment besides their full time or part time job.
An Overview of the Process
By registering with us, you participate in a range of services provided by the Corporation. Upon registering for work, you provide personal details, your job preferences, and details of any permits or licences held. Soon after registration, you are required to attend a Jobsearch Seminar. You are then assigned an Employment Advisor who will support and guide you in the search for work and for training opportunities. The Advisor, together with you, will draw up a Personal Action Plan which includes those steps that you will take, with the aim of enhancing your employability and job search activity. During the time you are registered with us, you will very likely be referred to training programmes or to employment schemes or other initiatives. Since these are important in increasing your chances of finding employment, it is very important that you participate actively. If you do not participate, we will take it that you are no longer interested in using our services and hence you may be taken off (struck off) the register.
Important to Note
It is very important that, when you register, you provide accurate and up-to-date information. The provision of incorrect information or the withholding of relevant information (particularly as regards other employment or business activities) may also lead to removal from the register. It must be noted that persons requesting inclusion in Part 1 of the register must not be in possession of any current business or trade permits or VAT numbers. During registration, you are also to provide an updated employment history, that is, details of any past employment.
On first registration, you are issued with a magnetic card with your fingerprint details stored in it. This card is required to allow you to register at a stipulated time and place. A chit (a small printout) is issued every time you register, providing details for your next registration and any other messages that we may have for you. It is very important that you read the chit messages properly. Messages on the chit include information to attend activities such as Job Search seminars, training courses, job fairs or interviews at ETC or job interviews with employers. As already noted above, failure to attend any such activities will indicate that you are no longer interested in using our services and hence we will remove your name from the register. During your registration, you are expected to send feedback on each job interview to your employment Advisor.
There will be times when you may not be able to attend any of the activities mentioned above. In this case, you will receive a chit message next time you register, advising you that you will be removed from the register. This is an automatic message but you must take immediate action by filling in a justification form and submit this to us at Hal Far or at our Job Center in Victoria, Gozo, providing supporting documents that may explain why you failed to comply with the instructions on the chit. We will consider each case on the basis of evidence and will inform you in writing whether your case has been accepted.
If your justification is accepted, you may continue to register as usual. In case it is not, you will immediately be removed form part 1 of the register and you lose any entitlements to benefits, as well as priority on the register for a period of six months. During this time however, you are still entitled to register on Part 2 of the register. You are also advised of your right to appeal to the National Employment Authority (NEA).
Should you find a job – even on a trial basis – you must inform us before actually starting work. The Engagement Form must be filled in (by your employer) and you must stop registering straight away. Working whilst registering is considered a serious offence and we therefore kindly ask you to take it very seriously. People found working while registering are struck off the register and are not eligible to register on both part 1 and part 2. They are only eligible to register for work once again after they have worked continuously for at least six months and have not lost the job through resignation or disciplinary action.
Persons on part 1 of the register are required to register once a week. Persons on part 2 of the register should renew their registration once a month at their respective Department of Social Services (DSS) area office.
Registrants who lose or damage their fingerprint card will be charge €2.33 on being issued the third and subsequent cards.
After registration, you are referred to an Employment Advisor who will contact you to discuss your training and employment aspirations and prospects. If you want to change your job preferences or update your qualifications, you have to contact your employment Advisor.
We will do our best to register you to jobs of your preference. However, current regulations require that if you who have been on the register (both Part I and II) for more than three months then you cannot refuse a job offer, even if it is less-skilled than your stated job preference.
These regulations also stipulate that jobseekers that have been on the unemployment register for more than three months cannot refuse job offers that pay at least the minimum wage.