Malta ranks 7th among EU countries in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) human capital dimension, demonstrating strong digital skills and gender parity in ICT. With 61% of the population possessing basic digital skills and 35% exceeding basic levels, Malta surpasses the EU average. Notably, 26% of ICT positions are held by women, showcasing a more balanced representation.
The National eSkills Strategy for 2022-2025 focuses on promoting inclusive development and application of digital skills, encouraging collaboration between sectors and aligning education with market needs. Additionally, Malta's Smart Specialisation Strategy 2021-2027 prioritizes investments in innovative digital technologies like AI, IoT, and cybersecurity.
As part of the National Employment Policy 2021-2030, Malta aims to address skills gaps through a national skills census and equip its workforce with in-demand skills. The AI Launchpad Strategy 2030 emphasizes investment, start-ups, and innovation, along with education and workforce development.
To support digital transformation, Malta's recovery and resilience plan allocates resources for public administration digitalization, digital public services, and the digitalization of SMEs. Moreover, initiatives like the Maltaverians Comics Project and the Women in ICT initiative promote digital literacy, innovation, and gender equality in Malta's digital economy.
Malta ranks 7th in Human Capital out of 27 EU Member States in the 2022 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), with a score of 56.6.