Jersey is the largest (118km²) and southernmost of the five Channel Islands and lies on the French side of the English Channel, just 22km from the Normandy Coast. The island is well known for its beautiful countryside and pristine beaches.
The population of the island is approximately 90,000. Financial services make up about sixty percent of Jersey’s economy, with tourism, electronic commerce and agriculture making up most of the rest.
With its unspoiled landscape and unique blend of British and French influences, Jersey really is a stunning place to live. The cobble stone streets of St Helier are lined with most major UK high street shops. Dining options are endless, ranging from fine dining Michelin-star restaurants through to charming country pubs and beachside cafes.
One of the real advantages of working in the Channel Islands is the work/life balance. Whilst the work experience gained is first class with all the leading finance institutions running high focus operations on the island, the working hours and culture are typically very relaxed, with loads of exciting outdoors activities on your doorstep.
Like Guernsey the quality of life is very high, and I can highly recommend the islands to anyone looking for a unique overseas adventure, especially to couples (with/without kids) as the islands relaxed lifestyle and sense of community is perfect for families. There is a sizeable South African community on the island, which makes settling in a bit easier. Travel links are quite good, with France a 1 hour ferry trip or 10 minute flight away, with London a 1 hour flight.
Unlike its neighbour Guernsey, Jersey has a slightly more UK feel, especially in the main town, St Helier.
South African chartered accountants are in high demand here, mainly in finance (audit and industry roles), but the tech space is also growing on the island.
The immigration and housing regulations on the island are, like Guernsey quite strict and complicated, and a foreigner would generally need to be sponsored by an employer to be able to move here.
For more info on the island, refer to the websites below, which give all the required info:
Find below links to recruitment firms on the island:
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