During the first lockdown in 2020, leading international iGaming talent acquisition firm Boston Link saw a 25-30 per cent decrease in the number of jobs available locally, however, in recent months, the number of openings have registered at pre-COVID levels.
Managing Director at Boston link, Julian Perigo, shared this experience as leader of the specialist recruitment company headquartered in Malta on Gambling Insider.
He remarked that the company is seeing a particularly resilient jobs market in the iGaming industry, adding that it appears to have been largely unaffected by the pandemic.
“iGaming is a significant contributor to the Maltese economy, and accounts for 15 per cent of Malta’s GDP, and that’s a major reason why confidence levels in Malta seem to be considerably higher than in other locations”.
Indeed, the avoidance of a hard lockdown since the pandemic hit Malta in 2020 has been praised across all sectors of the business community.
However, the focus on remote working has resulted in companies that have traditionally invested heavily in creating modern offices, often seen as an attractive pull factor by iGaming employers locally, and they have now instead had to invest in remote working strategies.
“We have noticed company benefits are evolving to reflect this. For instance, Friday beers and in-house chefs for lunch menus aren’t as attractive as they once were. Individuals are now looking for working from home (WFH) contribution costs, childcare cost support and increased flexibility. As companies recruit and retrain people from new talent pools with new skill sets, realigning company culture to adhere to the needs of candidates has become extremely important.”
Lastly, he noted how pandemic related developments have translated into Boston Link regularly receiving instructions where candidates have the opportunity to be based anywhere, or at least within the same time zone.
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