Jersey: A Guideline to Payroll and Employer of Record

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The island of Jersey is located in the English Channel and is a self-governing British Crown dependency. It has a total land area of 118.2 square kilometers and is surrounded by the sea. The island has a coastline of approximately 70 kilometers.

Jersey is known for its diverse and thriving industries. The finance industry is one of the main sectors, with a strong presence of banking, investment management, and insurance companies. The island has a favorable tax regime and is considered a tax haven, attracting many international businesses.

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Facts And Stats


St. Helier


British Pound Sterling or Jersey Pound

Official Language


Fiscal Year

1 January - 31 December

Date Format


Country Calling Code


Time Zone

UTC + 01:00 British Summer Time

Global Payroll


Handling payroll for a wide spread workforce can pose as a major challenge for any firm. The added complication of compliances can make things worse and drastically effect the time and efforts that can be used in other equally important aspects of an organization's development.

Over the years, Neeyamo has observed these complexities and strived to provide a global payroll solution through a single technology platform, Neeyamo Payroll.

Payroll Taxes

Payroll tax is the percentage amount retained from an employee's salary and paid to the government to invest in the welfare of the general population.

Employee Taxes

Employees are subject to social security contributions at a rate of 6% on their gross earnings, up to the monthly standard earnings limit of GBP 5,060 for 2023 (GBP 4,764 for 2022).

Employee Income Tax:

Tax is payable at the rate of 20% on net income after allowances.

Employer Taxes

The rate of employer contributions is 6.5%, up to the same earnings limit. Employers also have to pay a 2.5% rate of social security on earnings above the monthly standard earnings limit, up to an upper earnings limit of GBP 23,072 for 2023 (GBP 21,724 for 2022).

Payroll Cycle


Undoubtedly, payroll is a critical aspect of any organization. The Pay cycle is a notable feature of it that provides a sense of accountability for an employee to be paid consistently for their work.


Most employees are paid monthly minimum wage.

13th Month Cycle

No There is no statutory requirement to pay the 13th and the 14th month salary. Employees are entitled to standard two weeks holidays and bonuses are agreed at the employers discretion.

Global Work


An Employer of Record service provider helps you get rid of the hassle of handling the complexities that come with setting up a new employee in remote locations. They act as legal employers, facilitate salary payments, and handle everything from health insurance. payroll taxes, and employee benefits to comply with local tax laws and regulations. 

This ensures that the client company can focus on the employee’s everyday tasks safely in the knowledge that they have a cost-effective solution as they continue their global expansion.

HR Mandates and Practices

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage (per hour) increased to ​£11.64 from £10.50 in 2024.


There are no statutory rules related to overtime on the Island of Jersey. It is covered in employment contracts and varies from employer to employer.

Data Retention Policy

In Jersey, data protection laws are governed by the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018, which is based on the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The law sets out various obligations for businesses and organizations when it comes to the processing and retention of personal data.

Under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018, personal data should not be kept for longer than is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected. The specific retention periods may vary depending on the type of data and the purpose for which it was collected.

Employers in Jersey are generally required to have a lawful basis for processing personal data and must ensure that they comply with the principles of data protection, including the principle of storage limitation.

It is important for employers to have clear policies and procedures in place for the retention and disposal of employee data. These policies should outline the specific retention periods for different types of employee data and the lawful basis for processing that data.

Additionally, employers should ensure that they have appropriate security measures in place to protect employee data from unauthorized access, loss, or destruction.

Hiring and Onboarding Requirements


Employers in Jersey often prefer to hire individuals who are residents of the island. This is because local residents are more likely to have a better understanding of the local market, culture, and regulations. Employers generally prefer candidates with relevant work experience in a specific industry or job role. This is to ensure that the candidate has the necessary skills and knowledge to perform the job effectively. Employers in Jersey may also consider cultural fitting when hiring. This means they may prefer candidates who align with the company's values and work well with the existing team.

An employee has statutory rights under the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013


Following are the documents required while onboarding:

  • Work Permit: British Citizens and nationals of a Member State of the European Economic Area do not need work permits in Jersey. Other exemptions include a Commonwealth Citizen coming to Jersey for a working holiday or having a UK-born grandparent. Still, these people would have to obtain entry clearance before arriving in Jersey. All other people require work permits, which have to be applied for by the prospective employer.
  • Registration Cards: Under the new housing law (Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law), new arrivals to Jersey will need a Registration Card in order to be able to live and work on the island. These cards will be needed in order for the holder to buy or rent property, transfer land, start working in Jersey, and reside on the island for longer than three months.

    People who are entitled to work in Jersey fall into one of four categories: Entitled, Licensed, Entitled to Work, and Registered.

  • "Entitled" Residents: The "Entitled" category is attributed to those who are Jersey born and have reached the required aggregate residency period. This category also applies to people who have lived in Jersey for a continuous period of 10 years.
  • "Licensed" Residents: If you are moving to Jersey for work, it is likely that your employer will have obtained permission for an essential employment permit in order to be able to bring you to the island and you will therefore be classed as a "Licensed" Resident.
  • Entitled to Work Residents: Residents who are "Entitled to work" are not subject to any restrictions on where they may work and do not require a Licence to work.

    They are normally locally born and often have a long Jersey family history or they can be residents that have lived in Jersey continuously for over 10 years.

  • "Registered" Residents: This category of residence applies to those who would not qualify to live in Jersey under any other category. Subject to compliance with immigration restrictions in place, "Registered" residents are entitled to live and work in Jersey but there are restrictions on where they may live and work. Registered residents may only lease a "Registered Property". Their employment is restricted to those positions for which an employer holds a licence to employ a "Registered" person.


The probationary period is of 4 weeks.


Public Holidays

The following public holidays are recognized in the Island of Jersey:

  • Jan. 1: New Year's Day.
  • April 10: Good Friday
  • April 13: Easter Monday
  • May 4: May Bank Holiday
  • May 8: Public holiday
  • May 9: Liberation Day
  • May 25: Spring Bank Holiday
  • Aug. 31: Summer Bank holiday
  • Dec. 25: Christmas Day.
  • Dec. 26: Boxing Day.

Annual Leave

An employee shall be entitled to a period of leave of 2 weeks or to such other period as may be specified in a relevant agreement, whichever shall be the longer.

Sick Leave

The right of employees to take time off work or to receive pay for illness or injury is governed by contract.

There is no statutory right to time off due to sickness other than the general protection against unfair dismissal. Some employers provide a certain level of support.

Short-Term Incapacity Allowance (STIA) is a benefit paid to the employer if he/she can’t work due to illness or injury.

STIA can be paid for a minimum of two days and a maximum of 364 days.

Maternity Leave

All new parents will be entitled to 52 weeks of parental leave, including six weeks of paid leave, on the condition that a new parent informs their employer of their intention to take such leave 15 weeks before the expected week of childbirth.

Paternity Leave

All new parents will be entitled to 52 weeks of parental leave, including six weeks of paid leave, on the condition that a new parent informs their employer of their intention to take such leave 15 weeks before the expected week of childbirth.


Notice Period

To terminate employment, an employer must provide ample notice coinciding with the employee’s years of service. For example, an employer must provide two weeks’ notice for two years of service, three weeks’ notice for three years of service etc. An employee must give a maximum of four weeks’ notice if they’ve been employed for five years or longer and a minimum of two weeks’ notice if they’ve been employed for more than 26 weeks.

Severance Pay

If a dismissal is fair, there will be no severance payment due to the employee unless the dismissal is for the reason of redundancy. 

If the dismissal was unfair, the employee is entitled to a compensatory award.

The monetary awards of the Jersey Employment Tribunal are limited to up to 26 weeks' pay for a finding of unfair dismissal (which accumulates on a sliding scale):

  • Less than six months' service if automatically unfair or at the discretion of the tribunal: up to four weeks' pay.
  • Six to 12 months' continuous service: four weeks' pay.
  • Over 12 months' service but less than 24 months' service: eight weeks' pay.
  • Over 24 months' service but less than 36 months' service: 12 weeks' pay.
  • Over 36 months' service but less than 48 months' service: 16 weeks' pay.
  • Over 48 months' service but less than 60 months' service: 21 weeks' pay.
  • Over five years' service: 26 weeks' pay.



  • For EU National:

    Everyone arriving in Jersey directly from outside the Common Travel Area will require a valid passport, other than a few exemptions. If you are just visiting Jersey on holiday you don’t need a visa if you’re an EU or EAA national.

  • People arriving from outside the Common Travel Area:

    Anyone else arriving in Jersey directly from outside the Common Travel Area will require a valid passport. You don’t need a visa if you’re an EU or EAA national.

Employee Background Checks

Legal and Background Checks

When conducting background checks on employees, employers in Jersey must ensure compliance with the principles under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018. You can request personal information held by the police, whether a personal ‘subject access request’ or a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check on behalf of an organisation. The Criminal Records Bureau or Jersey Vetting Bureau can advise you.

Last updated on January 19, 2024

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