The Channel Islands have traditionally relied on agriculture, but tourism and offshore banking are now the most robust economic sectors in both Guernsey and Jersey. The banking industry is particularly attractive to expats, as is the fact that the islands boast a favourable tax environment.
Unless expats are British or EEA citizens, they will need to prove that they have scarce skills or expertise to get a job on any of the islands.
Job market in Channel Islands
It can be difficult to find job openings in the small but well-populated Channel Islands, both of which have low unemployment rates. Expats who want to qualify for a work visa in the Channel Islands need to have niche skills that are unavailable in the local population.
Having extra qualifications or specialised experience will go a long way toward finding a place in the workforce, particularly in bustling industries such as finance and tourism.
Finding a job in Channel Islands
The governments of both Jersey and Guernsey have online job centres where employers can advertise work opportunities. Recruitment agencies and other online job portals, including social-networking sites such as LinkedIn, are also good resources.
If already in Guernsey or Jersey, expats should take advantage of their situation by putting the word out that they're searching for a role. Since the islands have such a small population, networking is key and personal recommendations can go a long way.
Work culture in Channel Islands
Expats familiar with the work cultures of the UK or France will notice many similarities in the workplace in both Jersey and Guernsey.
As in the UK, most businesses in the Channel Islands have hierarchical structures. Although, some companies are moving towards a more egalitarian approach to management, where all employees are invited and encouraged to weigh in during important business discussions.
►Learn about work culture on the islands by reading Doing Business in Channel Islands
"Being an auditor, it was very easy to get a visa and work permit. My new job sent me emails with the step-by-step process to apply for a visa. I enjoy the fact that people are more focused on work-life balance here."
Read our interview with South African expat Suzhanie to learn more about life on the islands.
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