Over the next three years, the highest demand for jobs will be for clerical support workers and service or sales workers, followed by professionals and trade workers, according to a recent survey.
The National Employee Skills Survey for the EU's Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe was conducted during the first quarter of 2016 by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE), Jobsplus (formerly known as ETC) and Malta Enterprise.
It identified skills shortages and provided insights into the Maltese labour market.
Researchers Angelique Dibben and Mario Cardona reported that the most common sources used for recruitment were by word of mouth (20.9 per cent), by notification through Jobsplus (19.9 per cent), and through social media (15.8 per cent).
Around 40 per cent of employers declared that they had recruited staff without work experience in the previous three years, most of whom had completed their studies in further or higher education, while nearly half had recruited foreigners in the previous three years.
The main reasons given to explain the shortfall in sales and clerical support workers included a lack of applicants with the required skills (56.2 per cent), a lack of applicants with the required attitude or personality (43.7 per cent) and a low number of applicants (37.7 per cent).
The most skills that were most commonly missing from potential recruits were written communication, technical skills, problem-solving and team-working.
Around 40 per cent of employers provided on-the-job training whilst around 35 per cent provided off-the-job training. However, the vast majority of employers allocated no funds at all for training.