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Jersey: Labour Regulation

Work Permits

Nationals of European Economic Area member states have free right of movement in Jersey for the purposes of work and establishment. Family members of EEA nationals may also work without permits but must obtain an ‘EEA Family Permit’ to enter the country. Non EU nationals seeking entry for more than six months needs to obtain an entry clearance from a British Embassy or High Commission abroad, before arrival. Generally a work permit will be granted only if no suitably qualified local exists. A work permit is issued for the duration of the vacancy up to a maximum period of three years. The expectation is that during this period the employer will continue to seek to fill the post on a more permanent basis by finding someone who is free of permit restrictions, training them if necessary. In exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the Home Affairs Committee, a permit may be issued for up to five years. Preference is given to UK and other European Union nationals.

A processing fee is based on the duration of the permit and is payable on submission of the application form. No application will be considered without this fee and it is non-refundable even if the application is refused. The fees are as follows:

  • Initial application GBP50
  • More than one month and up to six months GBP75
  • More than six months and up to nine months GBP100
  • More than nine months and up to one year GBP150
  • More than one year and up to two years GBP250
  • More than two years and up to three years GBP300
  • More than three years and up to five years GBP500

Long-term residency in Jersey is carefully controlled; with certain exceptions consent for residency will be given only to a person owning a residence, and in turn the purchase of a residence is subject to consent, which is given in only a limited number of cases, usually involving a luxury dwelling or an individual who is clearly going to contribute significantly to the island through payment of local taxes.

Social Security contribution rates are as follows: :

contributions by employer
contributions by employee
self-employed contributions
employer's contribution to Redundancy Fund
employer's contribution to Industrial Training Fund

From January 1, 2012, a new rate of 2% is levied on the employer (secondary) contributions on earnings above the Standard Earnings Limit (SEL) of GBP3,834 and up to the Upper Earnings Limit (UEL) of GBP12,686 per month. From the same date, director's fees are included within the definition of earnings.



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