Content writer jobs in Malta are eagerly sought-after, both in Casino and Sports, with regular openings within iGaming companies.
How big is the gaming industry in Malta?
Malta has a long-established tourist economy but, increasingly, expatriates are relocating to Malta not just for its blue water and friendly natives. The bluest skies are seen from the iGaming industry, which is enjoying an expansion that has brought thousands upon thousands to the tiny Mediterranean island. iGaming comprised over 12% of Malta’s GDP in 2018, and this growth has all happened within a 15-year timespan.
According to a recent analysis by CountryProfiler, nearly 7,000 people are directly employed full-time (or full-time equivalent) by iGaming companies, and an estimated additional 3,000-4,000 are employed for ancillary work. Companies seek to promote from within, but the majority run active recruiting campaigns as well.
While iGaming in Malta is thriving, it’s also becoming intensely competitive for both employers and employees. The overall trend for iGaming is still strong and going upward, and people interested in working in this industry will find a job more quickly by knowing which skills are in demand and looking out for companies with a strong track record.
Why Malta attracts the biggest iGaming companies
Some of the biggest iGaming companies in the world have set up physical offices in Malta, either as their primary office or as a satellite. Malta has proven fruitful for both established iGaming companies –like Betsson, DraftKings, Evolution, and Betfair – but the country has also proven fertile for start-ups. One of the driving forces behind this has been government’s embrace of the sector, with the island now offering a legal and financial infrastructure tailor-made to accommodate iGaming companies and their professionals.
Favourable tax systems and uncomplicated tax codes are one of the benefits of this infrastructure, with highly-skilled recruits now being offered a 15% tax cap on salary by the Maltese government. The measure is intended to attract highly-qualified foreign executives from specific sectors like gaming.
It is, therefore, perhaps, not surprising that industry giants currently based in the UK, including 888, are eyeing Malta, especially with the uncertainties of Brexit.
In fact, Bet365 have already announced plans to relocate to the island, bringing with them over 500 employees and also creating new job opportunities. The move from the company’s current headquarters in Gibraltar is being blamed on the uncertainty of the UK legislative framework. Aware of the upcoming upheaval, the company has already been consolidating its position in Malta for months. With an annual revenue in the region of €1.5 billion, the move is expected to considerably raise Malta’s international profile within the sector.
Other companies such as William Hill recently opened satellite offices in Malta, with chief digital officer Ulrik Bengtsson confirming that this is being done in preparation for Brexit, in order to be ready for all eventualities.
Can I apply for iGaming jobs in Malta if I live overseas?
iGaming companies assist individuals with the paperwork required to work in Malta. People coming from EU countries and the UK, as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, will have very limited paperwork to do thanks to agreements between the Maltese government and those countries.
Individuals from other countries, such as Russia and the United States, will usually benefit from an iGaming company’s sponsorship and can expect a comparatively hassle-free process for employment.
You can also expect to find a lot of support when relocating from another country, with most companies offering relocation packages as part of their recruitment strategy. Most offers will include flight expenses, temporary company accommodation until a more permanent option is found, and even an expenses bonus. You can read more about the relocation and paperwork process here.
Benefits for iGaming employees
Perks come to employees from both the companies and the Maltese government. Most companies offer 1-2 free meals for employees, education and training opportunities, health packages, company trips and away days, and – the cure for the greatest daily ailment in Malta – free parking or alternate modes of transport. The company culture at iGaming companies tends to be informal and very inclusive, with a great team spirit, office activities and other social perks.
Moreover, the industry is also on the rise from a financial perspective, with pay packages across the board being above average even at entry-level positions and continuing to rise steadily. In fact, according to an annual survey carried out by international recruiting company Boston Link, there has been an 11% year-on-year increase in salaries within the iGaming sector in Malta, with the largest increases happening in
Tech & Analytics roles and mid-to-senior non Chief-level positions. In addition, it has become quite common to offer bonuses in addition to the base salary.
The Biggest iGaming Companies in Malta
Malta hosts some of the biggest names from the iGaming world, from game developers to casino operators and affiliates. Below is a list of 10 of the biggest names in the industry.
LEOVEGAS: The self-styled king of casino is based in Sliema, like many of the top iGaming companies. Their brands evoke a sense of fun, which is also reflected in the company’s working environment and the way the brand is synonymous with a diverse, multi-cultural community.
CASUMO: Based in Swieqi, Casumo prides itself on being a casino where anyone can play. The award-winning casino was launched in 2012 and is known for being very tech-oriented and offering a fast-paced, cutting edge environment.
MR GREEN: The Swedish company is another award-winner known for taking a huge interest in environmental matters. It is based in Sliema and employs over 400 people.
BETSSON: One of the largest companies on the European iGaming front, the company employs some 1600 people in 12 locations, with their Malta flagship office located in Ta’ Xbiex. The company is known for being multi-cultural, and employs some 50 nationalities.
GAMING INNOVATION GROUP (GIG): One of the biggest players on the global market, this public company operates from Malta, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Gibraltar and the US, with its headquarters being located in St George’s Bay, Malta. The company employs over 650 people around the world and operates a number of online casinos.
NetEnt: One of the top players within the game development industry, NetEnt have been pioneering the industry for over 20 years. They employ over 1000 employees across the world, with their Malta office offering a professional, fast-paced environment and the latest in game technology.
KINDRED: With over 1.3 million active customers, this is a giant in the iGaming world, bringing together 11 of Europe’s biggest gambling brands. The Maltese headquarters are based in Sliema, one of the biggest tourist hubs in Malta.
STARS GROUP: Another leader in online and mobile gaming, with millions of customers across the globe and a speciality in poker. The company is based in St Julian’s and offers employees a host of perks ranging from biking to work scheme, paid volunteer work and a flexible pension scheme.
EVOLUTION: One of the leaders in video-streamed live casino, the Malta office is the company’s third largest around the world and was launched in 2014. The Malta studio broadcasts live in more than 15 languages and positions for game hosting and across other departments are always open.
PADDY POWER BETFAIR: Situated in St Venera, the Malta team mainly consists of Customer Support, as well as Fraud, Finance, Commercial, Gaming Operations, and Legal and Compliance. This is a multi-lingual company backed by an international team across the globe, with offices in Ireland, the UK, Portugal and Italy, among others.
And the above names are only the tip of the iceberg. Besides a multitude of other companies that are already based in Malta, – such as Play ‘n Go, Truplay, BetOnAces, Catena, BetConsrtruct, Microgaming, Genesis and more – many other big names in the iGaming world seem poised to strengthen their position in Malta, as the industry landscape continues to grow in favour of the Maltese framework.
Getting Started in iGaming
Getting a foot in the door in iGaming is just like getting started in any industry you’ve worked in before. Employers will only want to hire you if you have the experience, but how can you get experience if they won’t hire you?
Fortunately, two factors can work in favour of inexperienced employees in iGaming. First of all, as iGaming is a relatively new industry with a young workforce, it cannot always be expected that new hires already have experience in iGaming. Secondly, as iGaming is not only responding to, but more importantly trying to predict and anticipate trends, it is an industry that welcomes out of the box thinking.
Therefore, as new legislation is passed and an ever-shifting algorithm restructures internet search engines, adaptability and solution-finding are qualities of great value in iGaming hires.
Entry-level jobs are looking for evidence of the desired qualities and traits, but that evidence does not have to be in the form of academic degrees, or even necessarily work experience.
A knowledge of the industry (which you are currently gaining!) and healthy experience with the games will go some distance, but different evidence is desired. Here at WIS, for example, we look for a number of traits during the recruitment process, and do not necessarily give priority to iGaming experience when hiring.
Internships, contract work, and freelancing opportunities
As a young industry that is hesitant to adopt traditional work models, work in iGaming appeals to those who are beginning careers, seeking part-time or side work, or transitioning into a new field. With this section, the first two categories will be discussed.
You will not see many internships in iGaming, but where they are offered, they are paid. iGaming companies in Malta tend to promote from within, and those who are seeking advanced positions often work their way up. Compared to other industries, there are fewer middle management positions in iGaming. There are, however, many companies, and employees who feel limited at one company may find more senior positions as they come available at other companies.
iGaming companies frequently outsource work. This may involve part-time positions with the company with some benefits. Due to security and privacy concerns, contracts may limit the kind of work contracted employees are allowed to engage in. Companies also prefer the prolonged relationship built through contracted employment to freelance work. Contracted employees may enjoy many of the fringe benefits of full-time employment.
Freelance and Remote work
The current reticence toward both freelancing and, relatedly, remote working is surprising, though there are expectations that this is changing and will continue to do so. A number of factors combine to encourage remote working, with employee demands for flexibility and antipathy toward local traffic high among them. Freelancing can be increasingly expected as the competition among iGaming companies will require greater diversity and confront busy seasons and deadlines exceeding full-time work force, round-the-clock labour, and on-site personnel for sales.
Full-time, In-office Employment
By and large, the majority of positions one sees advertised are for permanent positions. Those interested in freelance work with iGaming companies should be sure that they are listed in freelance networks, such as freelancer.com, as HR divisions are not as likely to devote time headhunting for freelancers. The task may be given to team leaders already engaged in several tasks, so the easier it is for them to find you, the better.
Accredited iGaming courses in Malta
If you are more globally interested in iGaming and/or enjoy the structure of an academic course, Malta has a rare education opportunity. The European Gaming Institute of Malta (EGIM) has opened programmes in iGaming. Founded through the twin efforts of the Malta Gaming Authority and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), EGIM offers an accredited MQF Level 4 diploma which can be gained through attending evening classes (17.30-20.30) for a total of 48 in-class hours over a total of eight weeks. Additionally, they offer two Master’s degrees – the Master’s in iGaming – Technology and a Master’s in Gaming Data and Analytics. The Malta-based iGaming academy also offers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) classes in a number of subjects.
The diploma is broken down into four units which progress from the general to the more specialised, and then finally toward theoretical, legal, and ethical concerns. The first unit, ‘Understanding iGaming’, provides a historical introduction to the still burgeoning industry, identifying its roots, contemporary trends, products, structures, and responsibilities. Unit 2, ‘Online Sportsbook Management, and Unit 3, ‘Online Casino Management’ examine these considerable components of iGaming. Finally, Unit 4, ‘iGaming Compliance’, provides an overview of the issues and implications of the contemporary iGaming industry.
If taken in the classroom, the course costs €650 (excluding VAT), 75% of which can be refunded under Malta’s Get Qualified Scheme. However, you can also take the course online for only €75 per unit.
While the cost is modest, particularly under the Get Qualified scheme, the global view of the industry and its games acquired at EGIM is informative but not necessary for entry and mid-level positions. Completion of the course would indicate to employers a commitment and advanced knowledge of the industry of iGaming. However, as EGIM currently lacks a practical component, completion does not necessarily indicate a potential employee’s capacity, strengths, or work ethic.
Of more obvious direct relevance are the Master’s degrees. As of now, most iGaming companies hire data architects, web designers, and developers and then point their knowledge toward the iGaming industry. Having training already specified toward iGaming through the EGIM’s master’s degrees would be a big advantage when seeking a job in iGaming.
Finally, the iGaming Academy offers many additional CPD classes are context-specific. If you are serious about the field, courses such as ‘Introduction to iGaming’ or ‘Customer Service’ would be excellent introductions to the field.
So, you have been through the first part of our Complete Guide to iGaming Jobs in Malta and you are interested in learning more about the potential opportunities that the industry offers. If you are having serious thoughts about making a career move in this direction, it is certainly the right time to do so. But you also need to plan the practicalities. Such as, what kind of jobs does the industry offer? How much can you expect to earn? Which areas require expertise, and which others offer a good opportunity for those who are new to the gaming scene?
Before you start sending in your job applications and planning your move to Malta, it makes sense to gain a good understanding of the employment structure within the gaming industry, especially if you are a foreigner planning on moving to Malta, together with the expectations that are tied to certain roles. This second part of our article aims to do just that, offering you a really complete guide to iGaming jobs in Malta down to the last detail, including salaries and trends.
An overview of different iGaming jobs
Much like all companies within every other industry, iGaming companies in Malta operate according to industry standards. Thus, employment opportunities include not only specialist roles within the iGaming sector, but also other technical roles that are related to the normal operations of a company, such as administration or finance. You will first need to figure out which area you fall under, as this will determine whether you are going to need any casino or betting experience before you apply.
You may wonder what the difference between casino and betting entails, and how this affects the experience required for certain positions. To put it simply, the main difference is that betting happens when you attempt to predict the result of a future event – such as, who will win the final in this season’s football league? Gambling, on the other hand, depends on the casino’s house edge, which is the amount of profit that the casino is set to make in the longterm.
Thus, a job that requires betting experience is likely to be linked to Sportsbook operations, which host all sports-related betting. On the other hand, a job that requires casino experience refers to the world of online slots, table games and live tables. A particular career opportunity, such as Sports Trader, for instance, will require betting experience but not casino.
Below, we will break down the different departments within a typical iGaming company in order to give you a clear picture of what is on offer, what experience or knowledge is likely to be necessary, and the average salary of each role. However, bear in mind that the industry is extremely fast-paced and highly-competitive, and salary offerings are likely to fluctuate regularly according to market demands.
DATA & PROGRAMMING
iGaming companies carry out their business within the online realm. This means only one thing: they require a top-notch technical infrastructure to make sure that the website is always running at its smoothest. This can only be achieved by a team that is capable of carrying out rapid troubleshooting and efficient problem-solving. And, this is why some of the most coveted jobs within the sector are those within the Data & Programming departments, as the entire success of an enterprise very often depends on the expertise of the professionals within this department.
This is an area where the demand for new human resources is constant and where technical knowledge is a priority. Most employers tend to look for recruits with the highest technical standards, and will not ask for betting or casino experience, as these are not a priority. Moreover, studies reveal that average salaries for this sector are on a definite increase, with the most lucrative roles being those at senior or team leader levels. More recently, we have also seen many iGaming companies creating new roles that combine data analytics, tech and marketing in order to satisfy the need for data analytics.
- Software Developers: The main responsibilities include building and maintaining the products from a technical point of view, using .Net, Java and C#. Other programming languages like Python and Ruby are also fast gaining ground. Junior Developers salary starts out from an average of €25,000 and can go up all the way to €45,000 at senior and lead level.
- Mobile/iOS Developers: The mobile gaming industry commands almost 50% of the global gaming market and the sector is still seeing rapid growth. This has made such roles very desirable, with developers focusing on creating and improving upon apps for Android, iOS devices and native HTML5. Salaries at this position start out at an average of €43,000 to €66,000.
FINANCE & LEGAL
This is one of the core departments within any business enterprise where you certainly do not require any iGaming expertise in order to apply. Rather, potential employers will look for the highest professional and technical standards when seeking new recruits. Accounting, payroll and legal roles all fall within this category.
Accountant (qualified): Responsible for the daily accountancy, financial reporting and advising the directors, salary expectations average at €40,000.
Legal: Responsible for legal matters related to the company, such as advising the director/board, drafting and checking contracts with employees and suppliers, ensuring that the company is in compliance with all relevant legislation such as gaming laws and so forth. Average salaries start out at €70,000 and go all the way up to €120,000 for a head position with the bigger companies.
Creative & Marketing
Considered to be the ‘fun’ parts of the industry, creative and marketing roles within iGaming are not too different from those within other sectors. Most companies will require a decently-sized creative and marketing team, with the bigger ones sometimes catering for multiple team leads and full teams operating in tandem to each other. These departments usually offer a multitude of openings, with companies ever-eager to expand their teams in order to strengthen their presence on the market – most of the roles typically require knowledge of the iGaming industry (both betting and casino) as you will need to be very familiar with the infrastructure of the products you are promoting. Among the positions that are consistently being advertised by a number of companies we find:
Content Writer: This role revolves around knowledge of the iGaming industry. Depending on whether you are applying for a sports or a casino role, you will be expected to have the relevant knowledge as you will need to write about a variety of topics that require familiarity with the topics. These can include casino reviews, gaming trends, strategy, game reviews, betting odds, advertising material and more. An average salary would start off around the €28,000 mark and go up to €38,000. Check out our content writing jobs here.
Content Manager: Here, you will be expected to manage and fulfil the workflow of good content creation and implementation across the company, managing the in-house writers’ team and, perhaps, even freelancers. Expect to earn anything between €30,000 and €50,000 – however, in this case betting and casino experience are not as essential as excellent administrative and multi-tasking skills.
CRM Specialist: In charge of compiling and sending out communications with clients, including newsletters, e-mail and SMS promotions and so forth, with the aim of improving retention. Average salaries for a co-ordinator start at €28,000 and can go up to €60,000 for the management or €80,000 for a head of department. iGaming experience is not essential, but will help you secure the job faster.
Paid Social Media Manager: This role involves responsibility for campaign management of social media, including executing, optimising and managing campaign budgets. Part of the marketing department, it typically carries an entry-level salary of €35,000, averaging at €45,000 and going up to €50,000 for top positions.
Campaign coordinator: A position where you will be expected to plan, co-ordinate and execute marketing campaigns for retention and conversion, as well as optimise campaign timings. Expect an entry-level salary of €26,000, up to an average of €30,000 and more with the bigger companies.
PR/ Brand Manager: Your goal here would be to develop and guide the company’s marketing activities according to the target market, making sure the voice is consistent with the brand and identifying a strategy for marketing opportunities. This role typically starts out with a €40,ooo salary, increasing up to €63,000, with an industry average just over the €50,000 mark.
Marketing Assistant: This one is for those who enjoy liaising with media, agencies and other suppliers for the provision of marketing, advertising and promotional material, and no iGaming experience is needed. Salaries start at €25,000 and can reach €35,000.
Head of Marketing: A crucial role within iGaming companies, this person is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the marketing team, while creating and monitoring marketing activities. There is also an element of interaction with the commercial and product teams and, because it is such an all-encompassing role, a good knowledge of both betting and casino is desirable. The average salary is €60,000 but can go up to €80,000.
Graphic designer: This is one of the few marketing roles that does not require iGaming knowledge, but where technical expertise is of the essence. A graphic designer may be assigned to one brand or more, depending on the company, with the designer producing all the graphic requirements for that brand. Entry-level designer salaries start out at €25,000 and increase up to €40,000 for the position of senior designer and €50,000 for team lead.
Artists: Bigger gaming companies – particularly game providers, but also casinos – employ their own 2D or 3D artists. One of the most creative roles within the industry, salaries start around the €28,000 mark and reach an average of €34,000, increasing to €48,000 the higher your rise. If you make it to Art Director, on the other hand, expect to rise up to the €80,000 level.
ADMINISTRATIVE & MANAGERIAL
Another department where iGaming knowledge is not always crucial, it includes all those roles that are necessary for the smooth running of an office, providing structure throughout the organisation and supervising the general day-to-day activities.
HR Administration: All businesses require a professional level of human resources management, and iGaming is no different. Unless the company you apply with is one of the bigger ones, expect to be part of a team of two to three people, with technical knowledge and/or experience required. Average salaries start at €28,000.
Office Manager: This role involves fulfilling sundry administrative tasks, overseeing the recruitment process and generally ensuring smooth operations within the office and a general sense of well-being among employees. It is a role that requires technical knowledge, as opposed to iGaming. Average salaries start at €28,000.
Talent Acquisition Manager: Earning between €35,000 and €45,000, the role includes the development of the acquisition budget, working with external resources and agencies and managing the talent acquisition team to ensure that the company identifies and secures the best talent available. The role of Head of Talent Acquisition entails a higher salary that can reach the €80,000 and is responsible for the long-term human resources planning and finding appropriate candidates for positions that require a very specific skillset. Because of this, knowledge of the iGaming landscape is a definite asset as you will be required to be familiar with the big players in the industry.
Compliance Officer: In this case, a wide knowledge of the iGaming industry is essential as you would be responsible for the monitoring and reviewing of all developments within the regulatory environment of the business. The job typically includes drafting and updating the policies and procedures of the company to ensure compliance. A compliance officer can earn anything between €30,000 and €40,000 with the average salary for a Compliance Manager with three years’ experience being €60,000.
Risk, Payment and Fraud Officers: The focus of this role is to pro-actively discover and resolve fraudulent behaviour, through the analysis of customer accounts, their authentication and so forth. The average salary for an entry-level position would be €29,000, while a managerial role averages €35,000. The role requires technical knowledge and, while knowledge of the iGaming landscape is a definite advantage, experience in online financial services or banking and other similar industries will also be an asset.
SUPPORT & TECHNICAL
Most of these jobs require highly-specialised technical knowledge, but no iGaming knowledge at all.
Tech Support: Those who oversee the buying and maintenance of the internal hardware and network, with an average salary of €24,000.
Database Administrators: This role involves performing all activities related to the administration and support of the company’s databases, aiming to maintain and improve performance and capacity, carrying out regular backups and so forth. If you apply for this role, expect to earn an average of €35,000 a year.
Technical Project Managers: A technical project manager is responsible for the entire development cycle. They make sure that everyone is on top of their tasks, creating a timeline and overseeing that this is achieved. Salaries can be anything between €35,000 to €50,000, typically depending on the size of the company you are applying with.
Tester / Quality Assurance: This person is responsible for the very last step before anything goes ‘live’ – the QA team tests it to make sure everything works as it should before giving the green light to go ahead. This position carries an average salary of €45,000.
Systems Administrator: With an average salary of €35,000 that can go up to €45,000, the systems administrator supports the company’s global IT systems and services, while contributing to process and implement tasks across the IT infrastructure.
Customer Support: Entry-level salaries for this role start at €20,000 but will increase to an average of €29,000 for Customer Support Team Lead and €40,000 for Customer Support. Customer support agents tend to be the first point of contact between a company and its customers, through live chat, phone calls or email services and are expected to deliver solutions in a friendly and professional manner.
SEO specialist: With up to two years’ experience, this role can land you an average of €29,000, with the salary increasing to €35,000 and above with experience and promotions to managerial level. As SEO specialist you would be responsible for ensuring a good ranking performance for the relevant market. iGaming experience is not necessary for this role.
Trader: One of the most lucrative positions within an iGaming company, the role is focused on the Sportsbook, ie betting, aspect of iGaming. A Sports trader would require expert-level knowledge of betting and sports, as well as analytical skills in order to monitor pre-match and live odds of content, observe odds market movements, compare with competitors and react accordingly. Salaries start at an average of €40,000 but can go up to six figures for the high-flying candidates, not including bonuses.
VIP Account Manager: This role makes you the main point of contact for VIP clients, where you will monitor individual customer performance and ensure that bonuses, gifts and hospitality invitations are offered in accordance with business requirements. Retention is the name of the game, here. Expect an average salary of €35,000, which can eventually exceed the €43,ooo mark.
Country Manager: In this role, you would be responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies, identifying market requirements and monitoring retention and performance within that particular country. Carrying an average salary of €65,000, the role can go up to €85,000.
Product Manager: iGaming products can fall within two areas: Sportsbook betting, or Casino games and websites. And, each product requires a manager who knows the product in-depth and is responsible for making sure it is working at the best capacity. You would need to liaise with a variety of departments and colleagues who will ensure the product is presented to customers in the best way possible. Salaries average at €40,000 to €45,000 but can increase up to €70,ooo. Deep knowledge of the industry your product is operating in – whether sports or casino – is crucial to the role. Check out our Product Manager jobs here.
Affiliate Manager: This role encompasses both betting and casino, with Affiliate Managers expected to work on acquiring new affiliates and strengthening existing partnerships, while monitoring accounts to make sure that everything is running smoothly. The entry-level salary stands at an average of €35,000, moving up to €45,000 to €65,000 for the Head of Affiliates.
Where to look for iGaming jobs
Now that you have decided which areas of iGaming interest you, and whether you have the right knowledge or experience for the job, it is time to start hunting for the next opportunity! Nowadays, job hunting has been made much easier thanks to a wide variety of online job listing tools that are kept updated almost in real-time. And, because iGaming has become one of the most popular industries, you will also find specialised portals that focus exclusively on the sector. Below, you will find a detailed list of the top places to hunt for such jobs.
WEBSITES AND NEWSLETTERS
The most obvious website to start with is SIGMA, Malta’s biggest official iGaming community, with a portal that brings together the vast majority of iGaming companies and events. Here, companies are offered the opportunity to have their job openings included on the organisation’s database, which you can search by preferred keyword. You are likely to find openings across various companies and within different departments, and you don’t even need to be registered to gain access. The site comes with a very good filtered search, so you can zoom directly into your chosen area.
Company websites: A bit further down, you will find a very handy list, complete with website links, to the biggest iGaming companies in Malta. Bookmark these and check out their careers section regularly. There are some very definite advantages to go directly to a possible employer, rather than taking the longer route through recruiters and job boards. The process tends to be shorter, as you remove the extra step of first having to be screened by a middle-person.
Moreover, the website itself will give you a very good idea of the organisation itself. Make sure you get a good browse around it in order to become familiar with the image, voice and requirements of the company, as these will help you compile a more effective job application.
Newsletters: There are a number of newsletter services that you can register to for free and that are provided by Maltese recruiters. Typically, these will ask you to register via their website, indicating your preferred job description and you can expect to receive weekly updates about any relevant openings on their database. Some examples of reputable newsletter services include MISCO, Castille Resources, Konnekt, Broadwing Jobs, and MRecruitment.
Don’t feel obliged to limit yourself to one recruiter! It is worth signing up to as many of these newsletters as you feel like because you do occasionally find fresh opportunities that are not necessarily shared with all the recruiters.
iGaming is popular enough that there are also multiple job boards dedicated to keeping you updated with all the latest vacancies within the industry. The advantages to these specialist job boards are that they tend to have more up-to-date listings than traditional recruiters, with most also offering the opportunity to apply directly through their website. By far the most popular within iGaming circle is Glassdoor, an incredible, international database that promises ‘all the jobs, all in one place’.
The biggest draw of Glassdoor is undoubtedly that fact that it uses a very refined search engine that creates curated lists of career openings compiled with your specifications in mind. Using a system of filtered keywords, it eliminates a lot of wasted time wading through irrelevant information. The database is extremely wide and it is unlikely that any job opening that can be found on other portals is not also present on Glassdoor. Rather than simple vacancies, the website also includes a system of company reviews written by employees themselves. While you have to use your own judgement as to how far you can rely on subjective reviews, these always help offer a measure of the identity of a place so that you can gauge how well you fit in that scenario.
Equally popular is Linkedin, probably the biggest professional social media platform across the world. Although it originally started out mostly as a networking system for professionals, today it has become a fully-fledged jobs portal. It has moved beyond a place where you can post your CVs for potential employers to browse. Most companies will post jobs on their organisation’s page, and talent acquisition executives will often reach out to likely candidates who mark themselves as open to new career opportunities.
The portal offers an in-site job application service, where you can apply for the job of your choice directly with the employer. Some companies also offer the option of reaching out to their representatives in order to gain additional information about the post and, if you use the Premium service your skills are directly matched with whatever employers are seeking. Through Linkedin, you can also choose to follow specific groups and hashtags related to the location, industry and job that you are seeking, in order to receive the latest updates in your newsfeed.
Careerjet has likewise increased in popularity. A Malta-based, dedicated jobs search engine, it covers all industry sectors and allows you to set up alerts for your preferences so that you get a notification in your inbox as soon as a new job is posted. Another good option is Jobs in Malta, which also comes with a nifty salary calculator (although, do bear in mind that salaries vary widely and depend on the company you are applying for). MaltaJobPort and JobFinder.mt are also worth a follow, as is Jobsplus, Malta’s national job agency.
While these definitely shouldn’t be your only source when you’re job-hunting, it would be foolish not to take advantage of the biggest social media network. Nowadays Facebook allows employers to post a job directly on their business page, so do stay up-to-date with the pages of those companies you have your eye on. However, the biggest source of to-the-minute job postings is the dedicated Groups, which bring together job-seekers and employers and often offer the convenience of direct messaging. iGaming Jobs in Malta is possibly the most popular, with over 18,000 members at the time of writing.
Malta iGaming Jobs is another good source, standing at 10,000 members, and iGaming Jobs and Careers also offering a decent selection of updates for its members, which almost number 7,000. Finally, although it is not dedicated to iGaming jobs, the page Jobs & Vacancies in Malta is also worth a follow; iGaming has its own subdivision here, with regular postings.
Biggest iGaming Companies in Malta
There is very good reason why Malta has been dubbed the World’s iGaming Capital. With over 330 iGaming companies officially calling the island home, the industry employs over 9,000 people through some of the biggest organisations in the sector. Companies range from casino operators themselves to game developers, affiliates, software and platform developers and specialist recruitment agencies.
And, even after news about some companies undergoing a measure of down-sizing hit the media, reality is that the sector shows no signs of stopping. On the list of betting giants we start out with Leovegas, employing some 900 people to deal with the plethora of table games, video slots, progressive jackpots, video poker and live betting provided through its branded casino. Betsson is another market leader, with over 800 employees spread across the Ta’ Xbiex flagship office, closely followed by Gaming Innovations Group (GIG) standing at about 500.
Tipico‘s Malta branch now exceeds the 250 employees, while Aspire Global, Casumo and Mr Green have both reached the 200 employee mark and are still counting. Catena Media follows closely, by now probably also almost reaching 200 in Malta. Genesis Global‘s fancy offices in Sliema house around 100 employees.
Best iGaming Companies in Malta
Is bigger always better? No-one can really answer that question, but what we can definitively say is that iGaming companies in Malta have built a well-deserved reputation for being the best employers on the island. So, which are some other cool iGaming companies to work for in Malta? If you would like to know what working at a particular company will be like, Glassdoor offers a system of honest reviews based on the personal experiences of employees.
Leovegas consistently reels in the votes for being one of the coolest places to work at, with four floors of stylish comfort that include pool tables and coffee bars. With 62% of reviewers on Glassdoor happy to recommend it as a workplace, and a whopping 69% approving of CEO Gustaf Hagman, it appears that the promises are delivered in practice.
Betsson offers a no less attractive working environment overlooking the Ta’ Xbiex Marina, with a super-cool recreational floor and daily breakfasts. The company has over 48% positive reviews on Glassdoor, with applicants praising the “good benefits, hefty relocation package, health insurance, Friday beers and other events”. Catena Media offices come with impressive views, a fully-equipped gym, and in-house chefs – no wonder 58% of respondents on Glassdoor recommend the company to their friends, citing a “great working environment, ambitious company, smoothies and lunch from 3 fantastic chefs, fantastic office with views, table tennis, amazing employees and an unbelievable management team to learn from…..what more can you want?”
Another big name with big employees reviews is Casumo, with the company making such a great first impression that even those who do not reach the final interviewing stage leaving positive reviews. With the fairytale-like offices being described by media as looking like “Narnia”, even a casual look at photos reveals that the vibe here is tailor-made to get the creative juices flowing. And, the Glassdoor reviews match this first impression, with employees saying that there are “no cons” to working there and praising people, salary, work and location.
Kindred, one of the largest iGaming companies worldwide, attracts the same stellar feedback, with Glassdoor reviews advising management to “keep up the good work”, while praising the “clear strategy” of management in terms of work and employee satisfaction. And no wonder – a look at photos of the company HQ in Sliema reveals that here, too, a communal vibe is kept up with perks like a fully-equipped hangout area, regular social events and a culture of teamwork. The UK office is officially listed as one of the ‘Great Places to Work At’ in the UK – and in Malta, management appears to be following suit by creating a top working environment.
With a 100% approval rating on Glassdoor for both the working environment and the CEO, Genesis Global is another name to keep an eye on. Employee reviews include comments like “no negative reports for this company” and praising training opportunities and ambience. Reviews particularly praise the fact that employees are offered support in case of difficulties, while also being challenged to grow.
Finally, another iGaming company that scores high employee reviews is Gaming Innovation Group, with 67% happy to recommend it as a working place and also citing perks such as free lunches and snacks as being one of the biggest pullers.
However, you should not make the mistake of looking only towards the bigger names. Smaller iGaming companies are known to think out-of-the-box to find unique and innovative ways to keep their employees happy. Here at WIS, for example, we give the utmost priority to employee well-being, and our hiring process is tailored to ensure that we source people who are a great fit, while offering a host of perks, such as unlimited food and snacks,great coffee, office perks and extras, that are a cut above those offered by many other iGaming companies. And, our employees’ excellent feedback makes it all worthwhile! We are one of the few companies to get a 100% positive experience score on Glassdoor, something we are very proud of!
Below, is a list of the most popular hubs in Malta, where most iGaming companies and service providers are located.
CASINOS & BETTING
GAMING INNOVATION GROUP (GIG): One of the biggest players on the global market, this public company operates from Malta, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Gibraltar and the US, with its headquarters being located in St George’s Bay, Malta. The company employs over 650 people around the world and operates a number of online casinos. Read more about the company here, and view career opportunities here.
LUCKYIO: A revolutionary online gaming platform based on Ethereum blockchain technology and protocol, this small office currently employs a small group of fun-loving people in its Malta office. With a cutting-edge product, you’ll certainly be part of a cutting-edge office. Read more about the company here, and view career opportunities here.
STARS GROUP: Another leader in online and mobile gaming, with millions of customers across the globe and a speciality in poker. The company is based in St Julian’s and offers employees a host of perks ranging from biking to work scheme, paid volunteer work and a flexible pension scheme. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
BET ON ACES: Providing a world-class casino platform that caters both to the enthusiasts and the more casual players, openings here are likely to be technical or related to live casino hosting. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
TIPICO: A massive success story that grew from one betting shop to a leader in sports betting on the German market, this company employs some 6,000 people worldwide. Tipico views its people as one of the driving factors behind its success, and is happy to invest in a super working environment with a flat hierarchy that fosters inclusion. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
POKERSTARS: Considered the home of poker, this site tends to be the first choice for both beginner and top players, serving a community of millions of registered customers. Globally, it employs some 4,500 people and there is a good base in Malta, with most opportunities requiring very specific technical and/or gaming knowledge. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
EVERYMATRIX: This award-winning company was founded in 2008 with the aim of creating a tailored software solution for operators. At the moment of writing, it employs some 400 people out of 10 offices in Malta and Asia, where they deliver custom-built solutions and local service to some 120 operators across the world. Their tagline is “With Everymatrix, everything is possible” – this, alone, is an indication of the general company culture. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
RELAX GAMING LTD: Offering poker, bingo and casino solutions to casino operators, this company also runs in-house game development and studios, so job openings tend to be very diversified and range from the technical to the artistic and the betting and casino based. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
ALTENAR: This company provides sportsbook software and services to licensed gaming operators, with services that range from ‘software-only’ product offers to the provision of a fully-managed sportsbook platform stack. Job openings tend to be of the technical and development variety. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
NETENT: One of the top players within the game development industry, NetEnt have been pioneering the industry for over 20 years. They employ over 1000 employees across the world, with their Malta office offering a professional, fast-paced environment and the latest in game technology. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
HERO GAMING: Offering opportunities for personal growth and a homely environment, this company employs over 100 ‘heroes’ in Malta and Sweden. The company culture is based on empowerment and flexibility, promoting career development within an organisation that focuses extensively on responsible gaming . Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
BET CONSTRUCT: With some 3,000 employees across the world, the Malta office of this technology and services provider for the gaming industry is thriving. Expect to work in an informal, open-space environment, in a friendly atmosphere that fosters collaboration and boosts productivity. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
BETSOFT: Over the past decade, Betsoft has earned a reputation as a leading producer of high-quality iGaming products, including eagerly sought-after cinematic 3D games, as well as a casino management platform. The company employs a host of account managers, engineers, software developers, game designers, graphic artists, 3D animators and marketing specialists. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
iGAMING ACADEMY: Offering high-quality training for professionals and companies, including eLearning and masterclasses. This is a specialist company that offers new skills, leadership insights and compliance knowledge from entry to senior level. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
CASINOS & BETTING
MR GREEN: The Swedish company is an award-winning casino known for taking a huge interest in environmental matters. It is based in Sliema and employs over 400 people at an office known for its vibrant social events that range from outdoor activities to volunteering, sports and more. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
GENESIS GLOBAL: The company aims to offer an excellent experience both for players and partners, operating seven casinos and bringing together a fun, young group built around a like-minded approach. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
LEOVEGAS: The self-styled king of casino is based in Sliema, like many of the top iGaming companies. Their brands evoke a sense of fun, which is also reflected in the company’s working environment and the way the brand is synonymous with a diverse, multi-cultural community. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
BITSTARZ: The company was founded by a small group of casino enthusiasts and was the first online casino to accept both traditional and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, so you know that you will be working at a cutting edge environment . Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
KINDRED: With over 1.3 million active customers, this is a giant in the iGaming world, bringing together 11 of Europe’s biggest gambling brands. The Maltese headquarters are based in Sliema, one of the biggest tourist hubs in Malta. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
EVOLUTION: One of the leaders in video-streamed live casino, the Malta office is the company’s third-largest around the world and was launched in 2014. The Malta studio broadcasts live in more than 15 languages and positions for game hosting and across other departments are always open. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
JACKPOT JOY: Part of Gamesys Group, this bingo-led company provides gaming entertainment to an international customer base through a number of brands. The company ethos involves bringing together a fun, down-to-earth, driven and friendly team in an environment that fosters employee feedback. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
BETCLIC: Employing some 200 people in Malta, and a total of around 500 across the world, working here you can expect a friendly working environment that hosts some 40 different nationalities from all over the world. The Malta team works on projects related to sports betting, poker, casino and games. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
WIS: Here, we pride ourselves in being a lead generation company that connects consumers to businesses using informative, accurate and engaging content. Currently counting a team of 25 Wisinators, we are happy to be part of a company culture that lives diversity and inclusion, while enjoying some rather amazing perks. We regularly post job openings across various departments, such as content management, content-writing, product management, development and more – and iGaming experience is not the top priority in our hiring criterion. Read more about the company here and view our job openings here.
BLEXR: Like many other iGaming companies, you will find flexible working hours and a great benefits package at this company, with allowances for personal travel, wellness, team-building and more. The company currently employs over 100 people in two countries and uses digital marketing to connect clients with what they are looking for, whether that’s a great casino or a top sportsbook. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
ASPIRE GLOBAL: The company was founded in 2005, with the aim of providing a comprehensive solution enabling online marketing companies to become successful iGaming operators. With over 200 employees in Malta, services include complete Casino and Sportsbook management, as well as as B2C offering in the shape of a casino called Karamba. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
PLAY ‘N GO: Specialising in slots and bespoke games, Play ‘n Go develop content that is uniquely-customised to suit the style of any operator or brand. The company is undergoing a growth spurt, so keep an eye on the official website and new posts open up regularly. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
PRAGMATIC PLAY: This is one of the leading content providers to the iGaming industry, offering a multi-product portfolio that is innovative, regulated and mobile-focused. The company’s range of products includes slots, live casino and bingo. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
YGDRASSIL: This is the company behind highly-popular games like Age of Asgard and Jackpot Raiders and, working here you would be part of a team providing superior online gaming solutions for igaming operators. The business was founded in 2013 and currently provides gaming content to some of the world’s leading operators. Although they recently downsized their offices in Malta, select job openings are still available for the right people. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
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THUNDERSPIN: These creators of high-quality video slots and casino games offer a unique working experience that will see you get involved in interesting projects. The Thunderspin team is young and very big on socialising, continuing education and creativity. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
BETSSON: One of the largest companies on the European iGaming front, the company employs some 1600 people in 12 locations, with their Malta flagship office located in Ta’ Xbiex. The company is known for being multi-cultural, and employs some 50 nationalities. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
CATENA MEDIA: One of the bigger companies that services the iGaming industry, at Catena you would be creating high-quality, online leads and engaging content for customers using the company marketing tools. The company currently boasts retention rates of over 5 million monthly users, so expect a variety of job openings with and without iGaming experience. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
SIGMA: Dubbed the world’s iGaming village, SIGMA focuses on events, news and careers and is the organiser behind what is probably the biggest iGaming conventions and awards. The company portfolio includes the Malta International iGaming Summit, a mecca for iGaming professionals from all over the world and considered to be the ultimate networking opportunity. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
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CASUMO: Based in Swieqi, Casumo prides itself on being a casino where anyone can play. The award-winning casino was launched in 2012 and is known for being very tech-oriented and offering a fast-paced, cutting edge environment with openings that range from marketing to design, development, content and more. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
PADDY POWER BETFAIR: Situated in St Venera, the Malta team mainly consists of Customer Support, as well as Fraud, Finance, Commercial, Gaming Operations, and Legal and Compliance. This is a multi-lingual company backed by an international team across the globe, with offices in Ireland, the UK, Portugal and Italy, among others. Read more about the company here and viewcareer opportunities here.
YOBETIT: Founded in 2012, the company is based in Zebbug and offers betting, lotto and casino products directly to the consumer. The company mascots are three adorable doggos called Skeeve, Lilly and Peppa, so you know you’re in for a cool working environment. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
WAZDAN: Providing state-of-the-art software and services to the iGaming industry, Wazdan specialises in game creation and integration, as well as the creation of entire casino platforms. The company, based in Birkirkara, is known for its family-like atmosphere and for getting together some top creative minds. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
BESEDO: With six offices and over 400 employees across the world, this company is a leader in the provision of services to the iGaming industry, and is considered a pioneer in user-generated content moderation. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
IGAMING SPECIALIST RECRUITERS
PENTASIA: With offices at key gaming regions worldwide, including St Venera, this recruitment company has placed over 7,500 candidates from across the skill-spectrum in many leading betting, gaming and digital companies. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here and here.
iGAMING ELITE: Offering permanent and interim solutions to employers within the iGaming industry, this company is based in Attard. It prides itself on taking a transparent and proactive approach to the recruitment process, using in-depth sector knowledge and extensive candidate networks. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here and here.
BETTING CONNECTIONS: Founded in the beginning of 2010 as a response to a need in the market for a true recruitment consultancy. With more than 50 recruitment professionals across its network, Betting Connections Recruitment Solutions is Malta’s largest iGaming recruitment specialist and is based in Sliema. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here and here.
BOSTON LINK: This specialist recruiter secures curated talent for the iGaming, Technology, and Finance industries, and is also the name behind the sought-after iGaming surveys. Some 22% of their recruiting involves relocations, with about 28 different nationalities placed with a variety of big names. Read more about the company here and view career opportunities here.
GOVERNMENT & REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
Gaming Authority: The Maltese national authority for all things iGaming related, it consolidates all regulatory functions related to the industry, while supporting the industry and technological innovations. It grants operators their licenses and also offers authoritative and accessible information. Read more about the company here.
Responsible Gaming Foundation: Working in collaboration with government ministries, this independent foundation is the organisation that players look to when in need of support or information. covering topics such as self-exclusion, players’ rights. It operates a national gambling helpline and releases regular updates and news about the industry. Read more about the company here.
Gaming Malta: An independent, non-profit foundation set up by the Government of Malta and the Malta Gaming Authority that promotes Malta as a centre of excellence in the digital and remote gaming sector globally. It also liaises with local authorities to improve Malta’s attractiveness as a jurisdiction and enhance the ecosystem surrounding the gaming industry. Read more about the company here.
European Gaming Institute of Malta: This is a joint venture between two government bodies – the Malta Gaming Authority and MCAST. Set up with the objective of developing training and educational programmes for the gaming industry, it offers short-term courses, diplomas and masters programmes for potential candidates coming from non-related gaming industries to familiarise themselves with an area of choice within the industry. Read more about the company here .
The future is shining bright on this Mediterranean island, where iGaming is concerned. Employees joining the industry are guaranteed an exciting professional life, full of growth opportunities, while working in one of the most cutting-edge job markets. And, just as importantly, they are guaranteed not only a great salary but also amazing perks and an enviable work-life balance. If you’re relocating from another country, most companies will offer good relocation packages and offer support throughout the moving process, so there really is every reason to take the plunge.
Malta has become one of the biggest hubs for those who wish to join new industries while enjoying a great lifestyle in the Mediterranean.