In a new index published by job-seeking website Lensa, paid parental leave in Malta has been ranked as the ninth worst globally out of 43 countries.
The data was taken from a parental leave database kept by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), ranking countries based on the number of weeks of leave at full pay offered to parents.
The ranking of Malta showed that the island has equivalent of 15 weeks of paid leave available to parents. Mothers are, according to the ranking, entitled to 18 weeks of paid leave at 85.6% of their average salary.
This is equivalent of 15.4 weeks at full pay, whereas fathers are only offered one day of leave paid in full on the occasion of childbirth. Combined, parents are entitled to 15.6 weeks at full pay.
Maltese law also allows both parents to take leave of absence for up to four months at any time until the child turns eight. This is however unpaid.
The country ranking worst was Ireland, with only 8.1 weeks of leave paid at full rate available to parents. Switzerland follows in second place at 8.2 weeks, with Australia, New Zealand and UK topping off top 5.
Switzerland, New Zealand and Israel offer no paid leave for fathers at all whereas at the opposite end of the spectrum, Romania had the best parental leave. Parents are entitled to 97.1 weeks of leave at full rate pay.