Jersey has a successful economy spanning a range of industries. This contributes to creating a vibrant place to live and work.
Jersey is one of the most well regulated, industry recognised and successful international finance centres in the world.
The industry includes banking, trust and fiduciary, wealth, asset and fund management. The island is also a centre of excellence for company administration, compliance, legal, accountancy and investment advisory services.
The financial sector employs about a quarter of the island's workforce, contributing to 40% of Jersey's economic output. Finance industry employees work at all levels across globally-focused organisations and have access to continuing professional development, with on-island international business schools and international training offered at all levels.
Jersey Financial Services Commission
Jersey has a long-established legal system committed to the latest international standards of regulation and information exchange.
The Bailiwick of Jersey is a separate jurisdiction from that of the UK and is distinct from that of the other Channel Islands such as Guernsey.
Many of the island’s larger legal firms have multi-jurisdictional offices and they, along with smaller firms and sole practitioners, focus on legislation related to the international finance industry as well as private client work, litigation and other legal services.
Appointed by the Crown, The Attorney General and the Solicitor General (the Law Officers) are responsible for criminal prosecution work.
Most notaries in Jersey are partners in local firms of advocates or solicitors. There is a local notary society.
As a qualified legal professional, to practice as an advocate or solicitor of the Royal Court of Jersey you must have completed the Jersey Law course and passed the relevant examinations in addition to the appropriate UK qualifications and Jersey-based practical experience. Jersey qualified lawyers swear an oath of office when entering the legal profession.
With over 3,000 people working in the Digital-Tech sector, Jersey has a thriving digital and creative community. The island is gaining a reputation as a leading digital centre, with a growing network of tech businesses and entrepreneurs, who form a vibrant digital community of work, collaboration and learning.
Developing and supporting the Digital economy is a strategic objective of the Government, with continued investment into the digital sector. This includes developing appropriate policy and legislation, dedicated funding and resources for the promotion and development of the industry and facilitating the rollout of a full-island fibre network, with some of the fastest global broadband speeds in the world.
The digital sector is developed, supported and championed by the member-driven organisation, Digital Jersey. They provide a digital 'hub' for businesses and individuals to access, shape regulatory and legislative needs of the sector and offer business support and skills development.
Tourism and Hospitality
Jersey attracts in excess of 400,000 staying holiday visitors each year. The island is well known for its high quality food, with over 300 restaurants and various accommodation options:
- luxury hotels, many with wellbeing spas
- mid-range hotels
- budget options such as, self catering and camping
The industry is an important sector of the island's economy with between 5,000 and 6,000 people working in tourism and hospitality each year.
The Jersey Hospitality Association supports and promotes all elements of hospitality and the tourism sector in Jersey.
Visit Jersey works with partners in the industry to market Jersey as a visitor destination.
The Government of Jersey is the largest single employer on the island, with over 7,000 public servants.
These public servants work in a variety of sectors, including:
customs and immigration
Jobs in the public sector usually require 5 years residency. There are exceptions for essential employee key workers in social work, education, health and many other key areas and opportunities to train on-island.
Government of Jersey job adverts
Agriculture and Fishing
Agriculture is part of Jersey's history and heritage and accounts for over 50% of Jersey’s land cover.
The island's largest export is the Jersey Royal New Potato with over 30,000 tonnes exported every year.
Jersey is well known for it's cows, with nearly 5,000 cows on the island producing 14.8 million litres of milk for Jersey Dairy.
Jersey's huge tidal range means that the island benefits from a range of high quality seafood. Oysters have been farmed in Jersey for centuries, along with crabs and lobsters, with over 1,000 tonnes of oysters produced each year.
The island has over 300 businesses operating in the agriculture and fisheries sector, employing over 1800 people, with over 2,000 employees in the early summer and autumn months.
Farming, fishing and pet industries
Jersey has many established construction businesses employing over 5,500 (9%) people.
On-island training and professional development is available in the industry. Highlands College offers courses such as a Degrees in Construction Management, Construction Project Management or Architectural Technology, a HNC Diplomas in Construction and Civil Engineering, and BTECs and Diplomas in practical building trades.
The Jersey Construction Council is the member-led industry body.
Jersey has a diverse and vibrant retail offering with a healthy high street and market with fresh produce located in the capital of St Helier. There are local boutiques and shopping areas across the island. The sector employs over 7,500 (12%) people working Jersey.
Jersey has a unique retail guarantee of locally produced goods through the label Genuine Jersey.
Working in Jersey
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