31 temping agencies have applied under the new law

The new legislation is designed to protect temporary workers' rights and provide a clear operational framework for temping agencies.

A total of 31 temping agencies have applied under the new law aimed at regulating companies that help organisations find temporary workers and workers find temporary jobs. Prime Minister Robert Abela announced this whilst addressing a press conference that marked two years since the last general election, held on 26th March 2022.

Introduced recently, this legislation is designed to protect temporary workers’ rights and provide a clear operational framework for temping agencies. Agencies are given until 1st June 2024 to adjust their operations to comply with the new regulations. This period allows for a smooth transition, ensuring agencies can meet the requirements without disrupting their services.

Working with a temping agency offers a blend of advantages and challenges. On the upside, these agencies provide flexibility, allowing individuals to explore diverse job opportunities across various industries, which is particularly beneficial for those seeking short-term employment or wanting to gain experience in different fields.

However, the downsides are significant and these agencies can sometimes lead to exploitation, stemming from the inherent precariousness of temporary work. Workers might face job insecurity, compelling them to accept less favourable conditions to avoid unemployment. Moreover, temp workers frequently earn lower wages than permanent employees in similar roles, exacerbating financial instability and contributing to a sense of inequality. The lack of access to benefits such as health insurance, paid leave, and retirement plans places temporary workers at a significant disadvantage.

By regulating temping agencies more strictly, Malta is demonstrating a commitment to creating a balanced labour market where workers are protected, and agencies can operate effectively within a structured legal framework. The positive response from 31 operators indicates a readiness within the sector to adopt these important changes, moving toward a more regulated and equitable environment for temporary employment.

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