Frequently asked questions and useful links

Things to do in Jersey

There are many advantages that come from living in Jersey. Our famously relaxed and welcoming Island culture, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, stunning scenery and a good supply of attractions, shops, bars and restaurants.

What kind of lifestyle can I look forward to in Jersey?

Jersey boasts stunning scenery and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But there’s a lot more to our Island than its natural beauty. You’ll discover a host of unique attractions, great shopping, and fantastic bars and restaurants. There’s plenty to fill your days and nights, and our famously relaxed and welcoming culture makes it easy to dip your toes into all kinds of activities. Discover more at the links below.

Visit Jersey Website
Visit Jersey Facebook
Jersey Tourism website
Jersey Heritage website
The National Trust for Jersey website
Jersey Opera House website
Events in Jersey

Sports facilities

If you love sports, especially watersports, you'll love Jersey. We have great indoor sporting facilities and a wide range of outdoor sports clubs for you to choose from including:

  • surfing
  • kayaking
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • horse-riding
  • martial arts
  • yoga
  • and much more

Sport
Directory of sports clubs

What’s the cost of living in Jersey compared to the UK?

Prices are broadly similar to those in the United Kingdom with certain items more highly priced (reflecting the cost of transport to Jersey) and other items being cheaper because of the absence of VAT and the low level of excise duties in the island.  A 3% Goods and Services Tax was introduced in 2008 and was increased to 5% from January 2011.  Housing and food items are two areas where costs can be expected to be higher than in most parts of the United Kingdom. 

Income tax

Another benefit to living in Jersey: you will pay less tax. The standard rate of income tax in Jersey is 21%. However, you may be entitled to reliefs and allowances that reduce your tax bill.

Social Security

Social Security contributions for the employee are currently capped at £257.40 per month or £3,088.80 per annum.

You must register with the Income Tax Department and Social Security as soon as you arrive.

Registering for income tax for the first time
Paying income tax on your earnings (ITIS)
How to register with the Social Security Department

Pension

We offer a generous pension for new employees joining us. Employee contributions are 7.75% and as an employer we will contribute 16%

Find out more about our pension scheme

Jersey currency

Our currency is slightly different to the UK.

You can use UK currency in Jersey but you can't use Jersey currency in the UK. You can find out more and see what our notes look like in our Jersey currency section.

Jersey currency

Getting back to the UK

You won't have any problem popping back to the UK for a weekend or even treating yourself to a weekend away. Jersey has easy access to the UK, France and other Channel Islands by sea or air.

Jersey Airport website
Condor Ferries website

Is Jersey a good base for travelling home or abroad?

It’s easy to pop back to the UK for a weekend. It’s equally simple to treat yourself to a weekend away in France. By both sea and air, Jersey benefits from easy access to the UK, France and other Channel Islands.

Paying for healthcare

For the first six months after you arrive in Jersey, you'll have to pay the full cost if you need to visit a GP or pick up a prescription.

After six months you will be able to apply for your Social Security health card. Showing this card will give you a discount off the fee at your GP's surgery and most prescriptions will be free.

Doctors (GPs), dentists and pharmacists
Doctors (GPs) fees, prescriptions and health cards
Health and wellbeing

What about my family?, what are my options for childcare in Jersey?

There are plenty of nurseries, registered childminders, pre-schools and nannies on the Island. There are also school holiday clubs and some after-school facilities. Discover more at the link below.

Children and childcare

Is nursery education free in Jersey?

In the academic year before your child starts reception class in school, he or she will be entitled to 20 hours of free nursery education every week during term time. Discover more at the link below.

Free early learning for your child

Education in Jersey

Education and standards in primary and secondary schools alike are excellent. Results are similar to the UK’s top performing schools. An education system that’s generally thought of as excellent is just one of many reasons why Jersey can be a fantastic place to bring up children.

There are 22 States run Primary schools throughout the island with compulsory education commencing during the year the child attains the age of five.  19 of these have a nursery unit.

There are four non-fee paying 11-16 secondary schools and two single sex 11-18 maintained schools, each with preparatory schools, offering places for fee payers.  There is also a high school catering for the more academic pupil from the age of 14

In addition there are a number of private schools, including two Catholic schools which offer education at primary and secondary level.

Highlands College is Jersey’s only college of Further Education, comprising of a 6th Form College – an outstanding college for the progression, employability and citizenship of our young people.

University College Jersey (UCJ) is the Higher Education Department of Highlands College and is the leading provider of degree courses in Jersey. UCJ currently offers 10 degree courses which can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis, varying from Psychology with Criminology to Business and Management. The UCJ team has been delivering degree level education to Jersey students for over 20 years, and the department has grown to accommodate more than 200 full and part-time students. Degrees are delivered in partnership with UK universities (Plymouth University and London South Bank University) and, year on year, UCJ degree students achieve academic results which far exceed the UK average.

www.highlands.ac.uk

There is a range of provision for children with special needs including a purpose built special school and specialist units within schools.

Education

Healthcare

The island is justifiably proud of its excellent health service which provides a comprehensive range of sophisticated treatments locally.  The islands hospital and the health services are controlled by the Health & Social Services Department of the States of Jersey and are not part of the NHS.

Hospital treatment in the island is free as are the majority of the many clinics for outpatients, but general practitioners are private and charge for the professional services they provide.  A contributory Health Insurance Scheme administered by the Social Security Department, offers medical and pharmaceutical benefits after six months residency where a benefits card is required.  This benefits card entitles the insured person and their dependants to reduced fees for GP’s surgery and home visits.

Spouses / partners

Your husband or wife (spouse) can work in any private or public sector post in Jersey.

If you're not married and your partner wants to apply for a post that requires them to have lived in Jersey for the last five years, they must submit an application to the Population Office and provide documents addressed in both your names, wherever possible, to prove that you have been in a permanent relationship and living in the same household for the last three years.

If you can't provide all documents in joint names for the whole three year period, documents addressed to each person may be acceptable if they show the same address.

Your partner will have 'Registered' status, but if an employer wants to employ your partner into a category other than this we may support this, but this will depend on the nature of the employment and the ability of the employer to demonstrate that they have been unable to secure a locally qualified person to undertake the role.

Contact the Population Office, if you need help.

Jobs in Jersey
Contact the Population Office

Is it easy to rent or buy a place in Jersey?

As a licensed professional you’ll be given ‘licensed’ status. This entitles you to rent or buy any ‘qualified’ housing, provided it’s not restricted to first-time buyers. To buy a property in your own name you’ll need to get a registration card from the Social Security Department, confirming your permanent ‘licensed’ status.

Our Population Office can help you with any housing enquiries.

Contact the Population Office
Moving house or job (registration cards)
Renting or buying a property
List of estate agent (private rental)
Removal companies on the JT Directory website

Relocation Allowance

Don't worry about the cost of moving to Jersey, we can help.

We can provide a visit here for you, your partner and your dependents so you can search for accommodation and relocation costs of up to £8,000

How much does commuting cost in Jersey?

You can park your car for £6.70 per day. Buses cost £2 for any journey. Many of our staff choose to walk or cycle instead.

Driving In Jersey

Any person who becomes resident in Jersey and who has a foreign driving licence is required to exchange that foreign driving licence for a Jersey licence – this includes UK driving licences.

Bringing your Car to Jersey

If you intend to live or have been living in Jersey for more than 12 months you must register your motor vehicles immediately.  There is no period of grace for driving in Jersey on foreign registration plates (Jersey residents cannot drive a foreign registered vehicle in the Island)

If you move to Jersey from outside the Island and register the vehicle here, you may be liable for customs duty and /or Goods and Services Tax (GST).  Any applications for tax relief must be made at the appropriate time.

Moving to Jersey with your motor vehicle

Bringing your Pet to Jersey

If you’re importing an animal into Jersey, you need to contact the States Veterinary Department as soon as you can.  The process to import can take several weeks or even months. 

You will need an import licence before arriving in Jersey if you’re bringing a dog, cat or ferret to sell, pass on or rehome.

The animals must meet the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and be accompanied by an original official health certificate, signed by an authorised vet.  Further information can be obtained by following the link below. 

Pet travel scheme (PETS)