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Work Permissions Assistance

Digital Jersey can help your business access the talent it needs to thrive and grow.

Our dedicated team are here to help you obtain working permissions when sourcing specially-skilled employees from off-island.

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Obtaining Work Permissions for Your Digital Business

British nationals and citizens of the European Economic area are required to obtain work permissions, known locally as licenses, to work in Jersey. Our team at Digital Jersey are dedicated to helping local businesses obtain these licences. We understand that specially-skilled employees sometimes must be sourced from off-island in order for your business to thrive.

We have a strong working relationship with The Population Office and will guide and support businesses in seeking work permissions (Registered or Licenced positions) for employees. This includes support in compiling the necessary documentation and applicant endorsement.

Working permissions are targeted at roles that will contribute towards the growth and development of the Digital Sector, and where those skills are otherwise unavailable in the local talent pool. We evaluate applicants based on a number of selected criteria including business growth and training offered, specific experience and tech skills, along with productivity and innovation; and we are particularly supportive of companies that demonstrate research, development and innovation activity.

Some nationalities require visas as well as work permissions.  The Immigration Office website will show if you need a visa.

You can find out more information about living and working in Jersey, including details on residential qualifications and employment law, at the States of Jersey website.

Our online form is designed to inform you of what the local government authorities will be looking for in an application.

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Create an account

Get Started - read the Digital Jersey website to check eligibility and create an account on our Member App.

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Complete and submit application form

Your application will be judged based on the following: • Business Growth & Training • Productivity & Innovation • Candidate skills

Evaluation and feedback

Where applicable, Digital Jersey will provide feedback on the application form, supporting you to positions its content to the needs of the Population Office.

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Digital Jersey submits Population Office application form

Digital Jersey will submit the application to the Population Office with a letter of support. The Population Office will process your application within 5 working days. Once a decision has been made, we will notify you of the outcome immediately.

Guidance for applicants

Please note that the Digital Jersey team will use their policy and industry knowledge to establish whether you meet the necessary criteria to be endorsed by Digital Jersey for the scheme.

Please refer to Government of Jerseys Business License Guidance notes for further details on employments status and associated fees.

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Eligibility

Whether you are a digital business looking to fill a vacancy, or a non-digital business looking to build up your digital capabilities, we offer our support in accessing the talent you need.

Digital Jerseys’ work permission scheme is aimed at bridging the talent gap for skills that are most needed to support Jerseys’ digital economy. These skills, be them technical or business related must be growth enablers to talent starved businesses. Working permissions are targeted at roles that will contribute towards the growth and development of the local Digital Sector, but most importantly those skills that are otherwise unavailable in the local talent pool.

Evaluation

Digital Jersey evaluates applicants based on the following:

Business Growth & Training

Digital Jersey takes into consideration the balance between entitled and permissioned staff in the medium term, as well as the training provision planned to support this. By employment growth we mean changes to the total number of employees, and by training we mean both formal and informal training, this could be through in-house time of accredited courses.

Candidate Skills

When evaluating either the candidates’ skills or those required in the job description, Digital Jersey is looking for demonstrable merit. For instance, specified experience, education and soft/technical skills.

Availability of Skills Locally

Evaluated against industry insights, Digital Jersey takes into consideration the availability of the required skills in the Entitled/Entitled to Work talent pool.

Productivity & Innovation

Digital Jersey will consider business productivity. By productivity, we mean the amount of monetised goods and services produced relative to total financial and human input, otherwise known as efficiency. Company innovation is a strong determinant of future productivity, for this reason we are particularly supportive of companies that demonstrate research, development and innovation activity. By this we mean the introductions of new products, services of process within their field.

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Testimonials

Atam ID Technologies

“I’ve been working with Digital Jersey on and off since Digital Jersey was formed. It was an obvious choice to go and speak to them and find out how they could help us with licences when we came across a candidate who was exceptional but who didn’t have the right (residential) qualifications.”

Aonghus Fraser, CEO, Atam ID Technologies

Zuri

“Finding the right people in a business is as important as the right product or service. And building a great team is no easy task. With the help of Digital Jersey, we were able to successfully secure a license for Stephen to join the business as the Commercial & Business Director, bringing with him his extensive knowledge of software as a service, analytics and business experience. This has enabled Care Software Solutions to successfully gain a firm foothold in the UK Health Care Market, and has helped us to achieve our first Local Authority Contract. Digital Jersey made the licensing application process seamless and offered their support and backing for the role, which has enabled Care Software Solutions to be where it is today.”

– Cheryl Kenealy, Founder, Zuri

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Fred-Specsavers

Specsavers

“Digital Jersey’s working permissions scheme and support from their team then meant I could work for Specsavers Creative as Graphic Designer.”

– Fred Martins, Senior Graphic Designer, Specsavers

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