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Title: Exploring the working conditions of Filipino workers in the manufacturing sector in Malta
Authors: Blake, Claire (2021)
Keywords: Manufacturing industries -- Malta
Foreign workers -- Malta
Foreign workers, Filipino -- Malta
Work environment -- Malta
Immigrants -- Malta
Issue Date: 2021
Citation: Blake, C. (2021). Exploring the working conditions of Filipino workers in the manufacturing sector in Malta (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: Filipino workers are in high demand by Maltese employers, especially in the manufacturing sector. This study explored and investigated the working conditions of Filipino workers in the manufacturing industry in Malta to determine whether they are treated fairly. Migration history, job expectations, qualifications, and work experiences by Filipino workers in Malta were analysed to find answers to the study question. To achieve the aim of this study, eleven semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with seven female and three male participants who were all employed in the manufacturing sector in Malta. Most were parents, who left their families, including children in the Philippines to migrate to Malta. The data collected was analysed using the Thematic Analysis Approach. This study showed how the interviewed Filipino workers migrated to Malta in search of better opportunities and in order to provide financially for the families left behind in the Philippines. This was done irrespective of their qualifications and the job they secured in Malta before leaving their home-country, putting employment conditions aside. Through this process, the interviewees did not prioritise employment conditions. Ultimately this is the only important thing for Filipinos. The findings indicated that although the interviewed Filipino workers were ready to accept any job, as long as they send money to their families, their employment conditions were acceptable and hardly any harassment was encountered at their places of work within the manufacturing industry. This study also showed that despite having valid qualifications, the interviewed Filipino workers did not find work in their areas of study and often accepted to work in low skilled jobs such as machine operators. They did not seem to be aware of other work opportunities that are available in the Maltese labour market. To change this perception and help these migrant workers find employment related to their studies, national authorities and recruitment agencies should embark on educational programmes, reaching out to Filipino communities.
Description: B. WHR(Hons)(Melit.)
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/83970
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