The CharityJob Guide to Living And Working In Guernsey
Guernsey is the second largest Channel Island with a population of 63,026. It is located in the English Channel 120 km off the south coast of England and 50 km off northwestern France. Guernsey is an independent, self-governed island consisting of 10 parishes including St Peter Port, Castel, and Torteval. With only 15% of Guernsey being built on and stunning countryside and coastline on their doorstep, Guernsey’s residents enjoy a great quality of life. So if you’re considering a move, this could be what you’re looking for.
A bit of history…
- Guernsey & the Channel Islands came under the British crown when William, Duke of Normandy invaded England in 1066.
- During the Second World War, between 1940-1945, the Channel Islands were the only British soil occupied by German soldiers.
- In the past 50 years, Guernsey’s economy has evolved from ship-building and granite exports to a booming finance industry and tourism hotspot.
- Guernsey is increasing in popularity as more are choosing to live and work on the island due to its growing economy and fantastic work-life balance.
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Guernsey’s economy has evolved radically and its finance industry, including banking, fund management, and insurance, now forms its largest sector, creating around 40% of Guernsey’s GDP and employing 21% of its workforce.
However, Guernsey continues to diversify into other areas including data centres and e-commerce. It is home to Specsavers’ creative departments and Healthspan’s headquarters. It is also establishing itself as a hub for creativity, with more than 1000 people working in the creative and digital industries.
Working in Guernsey – Right to work law
If you are looking to move to Guernsey to work, you must ensure you have a valid ‘Right to Work’ document from the Housing Authority that states that you are lawfully housed on the island and therefore allowed to work there.
Resources for job seekers in Guernsey
Although competition can be tough in Guernsey due to its popularity, there are loads of job opportunities in a whole range of sectors, from banking to law to marketing, and of course, charity.
Firstly, check out the fantastic opportunities we currently have available on CharityJob. You can also get in touch with recruitment agencies in Guernsey such as Alexander Daniels Recruitment who can give you that extra help you need to find a job.
The Charity Sector & Jobs in Guernsey
Despite being a major finance centre, there are plenty of opportunities in the charity sector in Guernsey. The Bailiwick of Guernsey has a successful and healthy charity and volunteering sector.
The Association of Guernsey Charities offers helpful information on charities in Guernsey including how to set up a charity and find charity work and volunteering. Visit their site to find a directory of charities in Guernsey that you can get involved with, from supporting the elderly, and overseas aid, children and youth, to health, disability, animal welfare, and community support.
The Guernsey Registry also lists the charities that are registered in Guernsey, including:
- Guernsey Samaritans
- Alzheimer’s Society
- Guernsey Mencap
- Guernsey Mind
- Cancer Research UK
- Action for Children Guernsey Youth Housing
Around 32,000 people are employed or self employed in Guernsey. Of these, 9.9% are self employed and 90.1% work for an employer. There are 2,172 employing organisations in Guernsey so there is an abundance of opportunities in a growing jobs market. This marks an increase of 1.1% employed from the year 2016-17 and median earnings at 31st December 2017 were £32,255, which is above the national UK average.
Living in Guernsey
Relocating to Guernsey
You do not need permission from the Guernsey Border Agency to live or set up a business on Guernsey if you are a:
- British citizen
- National of a member state of the European Economic Area or Switzerland
- National with permanent settlement in the UK, Bailiwick of Jersey, or Isle of Man
If these circumstances do not apply to you, you must obtain clearance with a Visa before arrival to the island.
There are two housing options available in Guernsey, the Local Market and Open Market.
Local market property is occupied by those local to Guernsey such as those who were born on the island or have lived there for a long time. Open market properties are typically occupied by non-local residents and is a route for newcomers to establish permanent residency on the island.
At the end of December 2017, the total number of property units on the island was 26,993. 74.4% of all property are houses or bungalows and 24.3% apartments. Almost a third of all property has 3 bedrooms. 59.8% is owner occupied and 28.2% is privately rented property. The average property price in Guernsey is around £407,288.
Travel & getting there
There are many options when travelling to Guernsey. There are many airlines such as Aurigny and Flybe that provide regular flights from the UK to Guernsey, and flights take just 45 minutes from Gatwick Airport.
You can also travel by sea with Condor Ferries. There are regular ferry services to and from Portsmouth, Poole, and Weymouth which take 3 hours directly to St Peter Port, Guernsey’s capital.
Lifestyle – a few things for the day off
Guernsey boasts a great work-life balance. After all that hard charity work there’s loads to explore in your time off!
Go to the beach: Guernsey has 27 beautiful beaches so you can be home in time to watch the sunset on the beach. The island’s stunning white sand, clear blue waters, and pebble coves are perfect for a beach BBQ, swim, or relaxing walk.
Head to the capital: St Peter Port is Guernsey’s capital and is considered one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns. Walk its cobbled streets to explore beautiful Candie Gardens, St James Concert Hall, Hauteville House, Queen Elizabeth II marina, or do a spot of boutique shopping.
Island Hopping: Explore the whole Bailiwick of Guernsey by visiting its neighbouring archipelago islands Sark, Herm, Alderney, and Lihou which all have much to offer in their own unique way.
Sports: Guernsey offers loads for sporty types. From watersports such as surfing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing to 28 miles of cliff paths and woodland to walk and cycle around to Beau Sejour leisure centre with squash and tennis courts to two 18-hole golf courses to football, rugby, and cricket leagues.
History: Guernsey is full of history. Learn more about Guernsey’s history by visiting Fort Grey, Castle Cornet, Fort Doyle, Pleinmont Observation Tower, German Occupation Museum, and Clarence Battery to name just a few.
Festivals: For such as small island, there’s always something going on in Guernsey. Tennerfest Food Festival is popular with foodies, celebrate Guernsey’s liberation at Liberation Day Festival, and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment at Music on the Cliffs.
With plenty of opportunities available, a high quality of life, and a fantastic work-life balance, Guernsey could be a great place to work in a charity job. If you’re thinking of relocating to Guernsey, take a look at the jobs on offer today.
Andy Partlow is Director of Offshore at Alexander Daniels Recruitment. He is a qualified recruiter and careers expert with over 10 years of experience. Primarily operating in the Guernsey, Jersey and London, Andy recruits at all levels including fund administration, trust administration, finance & accountancy, risk & compliance, and company secretarial. Andy likes to work in partnership with candidates and strives to develop long-lasting relationships by placing people in the right positions.