Minister for the Interior, Security and Work Byron Camilleri has appointed Leonid McKay as chief executive of Jobsplus.

Mr Mckay has long experience in various areas of social policy and has served in various roles at the highest levels of leadership both in the public sector and in non-governmental entities. In a statement announcing the appointment, government said that in Mr Mckay’s tenure as Chairperson of the Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis between November 2022 and March 2024, he implemented and built a strong regulatory framework, the first of its kind.

He also served as chief executive of the Housing Authority between 2018 and 2022, during which he carried out important reforms in this sector, from those linked to the rental market, to social housing projects and affordable. Between 2014 and 2018, Mr McKay served as Director of Caritas Malta. From 2012 to 2014, he was a lecturer at the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology where he taught at the Institute of Community Services.

Mr McKay has also researched a range of sectors in social policy, including those related to the labor market. Among these, the Minimum Essential Budget for a Decent Living (Caritas Malta 2016, 2012) with particular emphasis on the statutory Minimum Wage; the adequacy of social benefits (Minimum Income Schemes, 2014); the severe exploitation of immigrants in the labor market in Malta (Severe Labor Market Exploitation – Social Fieldwork Research 2014); and the identification of geographical areas with a concentration of poverty and deprivation in Malta (Master of Arts in Social Policy Dissertation, 2012).

He graduated with a Bachelor in Sociology and has a Master of Arts in Social Policy from the University of Malta.

Minister Byron Camilleri congratulated Leonid McKay for this new position entrusted to him. Minister Camilleri went on to thank Alexia Vella for the work she did at Jobsplus.

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