The process of making social security contributions in Malta is a very simple one. A registration application must be made for each employee in order to obtain a social security number. With this number in place, monthly returns can then be submitted to the Social Security Department.

Contributions are calculated based on a percentage of the weekly salary, if the latter does not exceed the threshold of €438.54. Once the weekly salary goes over this threshold, a fixed sum of contributions is payable.

Given the typical salaries earned by crew members exceeding this threshold, contributions are likely to be capped at €46.53 both for the employer and employee, resulting in a total contribution of €93.06.

In addition, a small contribution of €1.37 per week is also mandatory for contributions to Malta’s maternity fund.


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