Where is Jersey?
Jersey sits in the Bay of St Malo, 19 miles from the coast of France and 85 miles south of the English coast. Its population is just 99,000.
We have beautiful beaches, a mild climate, plus great sport and social facilities. Our transport links to all major cities in the UK are excellent, with London only a 40-minute flight away.
Where you will live
We have a limited amount of accommodation that can be provided for six months to help you settle in and decide where you want to live and we can help negotiate leases on properties for you.
Renting or buying a home
Everyone in Jersey is given a housing status. As a nurse, you would be given 'licensed' status which will entitle you to rent or buy any ‘qualified’ housing, provided that it's not restricted to first-time buyers or is social (States) housing.
You can buy a property in your own name, but you must get a registration card first from the Social Security Department confirming your '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)
What about my family?
There are nurseries, registered childminders, pre-schools and nannies on the Island as well as school holiday clubs and some after-school facilities.
Children and childcare
In the academic year before your child starts reception class in school, your child is entitled to 20 hours per week of free nursery education. This is during term time only.
Free early learning for your child
Both primary and secondary school education and standards are excellent with results similar to the top performing schools in the UK. Many people find this is a fantastic place to bring up children, because the education system is generally regarded as excellent.
Spouses and 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 Government of Jersey HR department or the Population Office, if you need help.
Jobs in Jersey
Contact the Population Office
Email States of Jersey HR department
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
Paying for healthcare
For the first 6 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 6 months you will be able to apply for your Social Security health card. Showing this card will give you a discount of £20.28 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
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.
Directory of sports clubs
Jersey Tourism website
Jersey Heritage website
The National Trust for Jersey website
Jersey Opera House website
Jersey Arts Centre website
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:
- martial arts
- and much more
Jersey Sports Directory
Paying Income Tax and Social Security contributions
Another benefit to living in Jersey: you will pay less tax. The standard rate of income tax in Jersey is 20%. However, you may be entitled to reliefs and allowances that reduce your tax bill.
You will pay 6% of your gross earnings to Social Security.
This is called the ‘Primary Contribution’ and it's deducted from your salary by your employer.
Your employer will pay 6.5% of your gross earnings to Social Security. This is called the ‘Secondary Contribution’ and is not deducted from your salary.
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 Social Security to pay contributions
Payment of contributions
Cost of moving to Jersey
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 dependants so you can search for accommodation
- relocation costs of up to £8,000
- a one-off £3,000 taxable relocation bonus payment
Moving to Jersey with your motor vehicle
Pet travel scheme (PETS)
Look for removal companies on the JT Directory website
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.