Employing new staff
When you start up a business, you’ll need a business licence. Find information about this on our starting up a business page.
Once a business licence is in place, you can employ staff.
Before taking on an employee, you must check that they have a registration card.
The registration card will show the person's residential and employment status. It will be one of the following:
- 'entitled for work'
When the employee shows you their registration card, you should:
Who you can employ
You can employ as many "entitled" or "entitled for work" staff as you want.
However, you need permission from Business Licensing to employ anyone whose status is "licensed" or "registered".
Permission to employ "licensed or "registered" staff
You can apply for permission to employ any "registered" or "licensed" staff by completing our online form below.
Business licensing guidance notes.
Apply for registered and or licensed staff
When deciding whether to grant a business a license to employ "registered" or "licensed" staff, the team will consider the following matters:
- protecting and maximising the benefits of Jersey’s resources
- promoting a balanced and successful economy
- protecting the integrity and reputation of Jersey in commercial and financial matters
- any relevant policies of the Government of Jersey
- whether such a grant would be in the public interest
Fees for "registered" and "licensed" permissions
There’s an annual charge for each "registered" and "licensed" permission that you hold on 1 November of each year. You don’t need to do anything, if your application is successful you’ll receive a bill payable by 31 December.
The cost for a "registered" permission is £50 and for a "licensed" permission it’s £225.
Your staffing limits can be found on your business licence. If you’re not sure what your staffing limits are, contact us or read our business licensing guidance notes.
You must not go over your staffing permissions. Exceeding your limit is against the law.
You don’t need to tell us when you’ve taken on a new employee who is covered by your business licence. This will be picked up through your manpower return.
Cards for ‘licensed’ employees
When taking on a ‘licensed’ employee, you need to fill out a licensed employee template letter.
Your employee will need this to be able to get a registration card from us at Customer and Local Services.
Temporary staff from an agency
If you employ temporary staff through a recruitment agency, you don’t need to see their registration card. They will be covered by the agency’s business licence.
Using Back to Work Recruitment to help you find staff
Back to Work Recruitment can help to fill any vacancies that you have within your business. They are similar to a regular recruitment agency (matching locally qualified job seekers to a role), but offer all services free of charge. A range of incentives are available to employers using this service.