Ever since its emergence in Malta, iGaming has developed a reputation as one of the most attractive industries to work in for a variety of professionals. From the creative and innovative nature of the industry to its competitive salaries, opportunities for rapid growth and famously appealing workplace culture, it is not difficult to see the work companies put into attracting top talent, and how those efforts are paying off.
In fact, according to recent figures, the iGaming industry was directly responsible for around 8,300 jobs as of the end of last year, with just under a third of employees being Maltese and the rest international. And, despite the challenges of the last year, the iGaming jobs market has proved remarkably resilient: employment has continued to rise, new licensed operators keep entering the market, and new job listings are back up above pre-pandemic levels.
“Compared to other industries, iGaming is still in its infancy and, therefore, things develop very quickly,” says Raketech HR Director Martin Schillig. “When you work in iGaming, you can be at the centre of all this innovation, or even be the one driving a particular change within the company. The industry also values equality and inclusion, so you can be yourself and know that, however you identify, it will not deter your career progression in any way.”
For those looking to enter the fast-paced and ever-changing industry, Mr Schillig says the most successful employees are usually those who have developed deep specialist knowledge in one or two key areas, but also boast a broad generalist knowledge and understanding. Transferable skills such as adaptability, empathy, communication, problem solving, creativity and critical thinking are vital in the industry, he explains.
While many iGaming roles are highly specialised, with a candidate’s chances of securing the post largely dependent on their level of knowledge and experience in the field, Mr Schillig says companies typically also offer entry level roles, which can be great opportunities for those at the beginning of their career or looking to change into a new field. For these jobs, an eagerness to learn, humility and patience can go a long way.
“Being a digital industry, it is imperative that everyone working within iGaming has a certain level of technical acumen, even if they are not in a technical role,” Mr Schillig adds. “Nowadays, almost all roles must work with data and make data-driven decisions. Therefore, analytical reasoning and the ability to understand and transfer data into meaningful actions and decisions is becoming increasingly important.”
This forms part of a wider feature carried in the Winter 2021/2022 edition of iGaming Capital magazine, the sister brand to iGamingCapital.mt, both produced by Content House Group
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