Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for


01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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02. Grow your team in


with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in


, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in


effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global employment solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

03. Summary

Guernsey is a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. It is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It is the second largest of the Channel Islands, which are a group of islands off the coast of France, approximately north of Saint-Malo and the Cotentin Peninsula. Ten parishes on the island of Guernsey, three other inhabited islands, and several small islets and rocks make up the jurisdiction. It is not a member of the United Kingdom, though the UK manages its defense and other areas of foreign affairs. The Channel Islands are not a constitutional or political body, despite the fact that the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey are sometimes referred to as such. Jersey has a different relationship with the Crown than the other Crown dependencies of Guernsey and the Isle of Man, despite the fact that they are all owned by the monarch of the United Kingdom. The island has a mixed British-Norman society, with English as the primary language and the Pound sterling as the primary currency. Guernésiais is the traditional local language of the island.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Public holidays

Sick days

Maternity leave

Paternity leave

Parental leave

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Notice period

Severance pay

Probation period

07. Working hours


Due to the absence of a Guernsey law establishing a maximum number of working hours or minimum rest breaks (paid or unpaid), it is critical for both employers and employees that all terms and conditions relating to hours of work are in writing.


There are no restrictions on overtime work in Guernsey.

08. Minimum wage


The minimum wage in Guernsey is currently set at £8.50 per hour. The young person's rate which applies to 17-year old or younger workers is currently set at £8.05 per hour. However, the Committee for Employment & Social Security continues to pursue an increase in these minimum wages.

09. Employee benefits


Bereavement benefits, family allowance, income support, long-term care benefits, parental benefits, school uniform grants, severe disability benefit and carer's allowance, sickness and injury benefits, and a state pension are all provided by most, if not all employers in Guernsey.

10. Why Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO?

Establishing an entity in


to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in


has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into


simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in


give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in


via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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