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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 Business Hub 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 will confirm if a work permit and visa are also required.

You can find out more information about living and working in Jersey, including details on residential qualifications and employment law, on the Government 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 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 Business Hub.

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Digital Jersey submits Business Hub application form

Digital Jersey will submit the application to the Business Hub with a letter of support. The Business Hub 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 Jersey’s Business License Guidance notes for further details on employment statuses 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, whether 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 on 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 introduction of new products and services of process within their field.

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Testimonials

Revoke (formerly 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, Revoke

Kulpa (formerly Anatomap)

“As the founder of a fast-growing tech start-up, it is critical that we are able to attract the talent we need. Hiring locally is always the preference but sometimes there is a skills shortage. We found someone suitable who required a Registered work permission and then Digital Jersey helped me to get the licence we needed within a week. They are an incredibly supportive organisation and a real key pillar in Jersey’s drive to build a substantial digital sector.”

– Simon Franc, CEO, Kulpa

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Becky Sheeran

Spud

“I first had the amazing assistance of Digital Jersey getting business license and work permission help when I relocated from England to set up a social media company, Spud Agency, on the island. They were so helpful from start to finish, and made the whole relocation much easier, mainly making sure I had everything I needed for my application.

Once settled on the island, the team started to grow and we employed someone locally. Finding people who are trained or understand what we do is vital for our company growth, so when we expanded again, we needed a work permission for someone who had those skills. Digital Jersey gave me all the support I needed right the way from guidance to advertising the job, to help with successfully securing new licenses. It’s enabled our start-up to keep growing, with the right people around us.”

– Becky Sheeran, Founder & CEO, Spud

Codentia

“As a product-development focussed technology agency, one of the greatest challenges we face is finding the right people to grow our team at the right times. The support we’ve received from Digital Jersey has enabled us to make the strategic hires we’ve needed to in order to support our existing clients and to engage with new projects – not just when we’ve needed to, but how we’ve needed to as well. This has allowed us to scale up faster than we would have been able to otherwise, and has helped us to reduce the risk faced in doing so.”

– Matt Chatterley, Owner, Codentia

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