Unemployment Assistance


Unemployment Assistance may be awarded to a head of household who is registering under Part 1 of the Unemployment Register.

What you’ll get

Unemployment Assistance is paid on a weekly basis and is awarded to a Head of Household and other eligible members forming part of the household.

Unemployment Assistance is awarded in full if the applicant is single and is living on his own. However, if the applicant is living with someone else who is a relative (excluding parent/s), he becomes entitled to 75% of the Unemployment Assistance rate.

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefits Rates.


General eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant is the Head of Household
  • The applicant must be registering for work under Part 1 of the Unemployment Register
  • The applicant must satisfy the Capital Means Test. Capital resources for a couple must not exceed €23,300 and €14,000 for a single person
  • Any income deriving from Rents, Bank Interest from Capital, Stocks and Shares, Alimony / Child Maintenance and any other Income derived, must not exceed the maximum Unemployment Assistance rate as per household
  • From January 2022 the applicant receiving Unemploymment Assistance will start taking the full cost of living increase.

Documentation required

General documentation:

  • Copy of ID Card
  • Water and Electricity bill
  • Bank Statements (local and foreign bank accounts)
  • Relative documents re value of any Stocks/Shares/Bonds and the income derived thereof
  • Market value of any vacant property in Malta and/or abroad (not being House of Residence and/or Summer Residence)
  • Copy of rent receipt/rent agreement if house of residence is rented
  • Copy of rent agreement if rent is derived from other properties
  • Copy of driving licences of head of household and spouse/partner
  • Separation/divorce documents if the case
  • Copy of payslip of spouse/partner if in employment

How to apply

Fill in and submit the application online.