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Register as an employer

Setting up a new business

If you're setting up a new business, you must apply for a business licence to operate in Jersey, unless you are exempt.

If your new business has employees, we'll contact you once your licence has been agreed. We will then set up a record so that you can send us your combined employer return. This includes information for tax, social security and manpower.

Employing people if you are an existing business or a non-trading employer 

If you already have a business licence you must tell us if you hire employees, labour only sub-contractors or Jersey resident directors. This includes non-resident employers employing people locally.

If you are not a business but an individual hiring an employee (for example a nanny) you must also register as an employer. 

We recommended that you register before your employees start, but you must register as an employer within 7​ days of the employee start date.

How to register as an employer

Complete the online form to register as an employer.

You will need all or some of the following information:

  • trading name and address where the business is carried out
  • limited company name, registered office address and beneficial owner (if applicable)​
  • undertaking reference (if applicable)
  • main purpose of the business
  • the period when you employ staff
  • the date the first wages are due to be paid
  • payroll contact details (email, postal address and telephone number)  
  • number of employees

Register as an employer form

Sending your employer returns

When you have been registered as an employer, we will send you a letter confirming your unique employer code and instructions to set up a secure account on the employer return portal.

Once your account is set up and verified you can use the e-filing option or submit combined employer returns using your own payroll system.

Employer returns online

How to complete your combined employer return

Your employer responsibilities

You must:

  • provide a contract of employment for each employee
  • pay at least the minimum wage
  • hold a copy of every employee's registration card, together with photographic ID
  • make the correct social security deductions from the employee's wages
  • deduct tax at the specified rate from their earnings
  • give your employees a written notice of the amounts deducted and the tax rate that is being applied each time that wages are paid
  • keep a record of the wages paid and deductions made for 6 years
  • send the combined employer return containing all the required information to Revenue Jersey no later than 15 days after the end of each month
  • Pay the amounts due for tax and social security no more than 15 days after the end of each month

You have the right to withhold payment of wages until an employee shows you their registration card and photo ID.

Find out more information on the requirement to supply contracts of employment and payslips on the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service (JACS) website.

You may also need to obtain Employer’s Liability Insurance and display the certificate under the Employers' Liability Insurance Law.

Changing your registration details

Changes to the contact details must be sent to Revenue Jersey on headed paper, signed by an officer of the company, and include:

  • contact name
  • payroll address (if changed)
  • telephone number
  • email
If you need to change the email address associated with your employer online return login you can change this in the account details settings, but you must have the log in details to do this.

If you stop being an employer

If your business ceases to trade or you just stop employing you must let us know, otherwise you will receiving filing reminders and estimated bills.

Contact Revenue Jersey on + 44 (0) 1534 440300 option 4 straight away.

Back to work recruitment

 If you are an employer and would like free support to fill a vacancy, contact Back to Work Recruitment, +44 (0) 1534 447411 or email backtowork@gov.je.

Back to work Recruitment works closely with employers to ensure that locally qualified jobseekers are considered for vacant roles, acting in the same capacity as a recruitment agency.


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