Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Jersey

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Jersey

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Currency
British Pound
Capital
Saint Helier
Ease of doing business
Language
French
Population
107800
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

Jersey

with Rivermate

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

Jersey

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

Jersey

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

Jersey, officially the Bailiwick of Jersey, is a British Crown Dependency on an island off the coast of northwest France. It is the largest of the Channel Islands, located 22 kilometers off the coast of Normandy's Cotentin peninsula. Jersey was part of the Duchy of Normandy, whose dukes went on to become kings of England from 1066. The Bailiwick consists of the main island of Jersey and several nearby uninhabited islands and rocks, including Les Dirouilles, Les Écréhous, Les Minquiers, and Les Pierres de Lecq. Jersey remained loyal to the English Crown after the kings of England lost Normandy in the 13th century and the ducal title was yielded to France, though it never became part of the Kingdom of England. Jersey is a constitutional monarchy with a self-governing parliamentary democracy, its own financial, legal, and judicial structures, and the right to self-determination. The Lieutenant Governor serves the Queen on the island, which has a different relationship with the Crown than the other Crown dependencies. Jersey is not a member of the United Kingdom and has its own foreign identity, but the UK is legally responsible for its protection. The island's financial services sector accounts for 40% of its gross domestic product. The island's use of English as its primary language and the Pound Sterling as its primary currency reflects British cultural influence. Driving on the left, access to British television and media, a school curriculum modeled after England's, and the popularity of British sports, such as cricket, are other cultural similarities. The island's Norman-French culture is evident in its ancient Norman language, Jèrriais, as well as place names with French or Norman origins. The island has strong cultural links to the Bailiwick of Guernsey's neighboring islands. Jersey has been referred to as a country by some.

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

To establish whether an employee's dismissal is fair or unfair, the employer must demonstrate that the reason for the dismissal (or, if more than one, the primary cause) is one that supports the dismissal, notably capability, qualifications, behaviour, and redundancy. Continuing to work would be illegal. Alternatively, there is a compelling commercial basis for the firing. If a dismissal is deemed to be reasonable, the employee is not entitled to a severance payment unless the dismissal is for cause of redundancy. If the employee was terminated unfairly, he or she may be entitled to a compensating reward.

Notice period

The following is the minimal notice period that must be given by the employer, unless the employee is on a fixed-term contract of employment and has worked for the employer for eight hours or more in any week. The notice period will be one week for employees who have worked for less than two years. The notice period is two weeks for employees who have worked for more than two years but less than three years. The notice period is three weeks for employees who have worked for more than three years but less than four years. The notice period is four weeks for employees who have worked for more than four years but less than five. The notice period is five weeks for employees who have worked for more than five but not more than six years. The notice period is six weeks for employees who have worked for more than six but not more than seven years. The notice period is seven weeks if you have worked for more than seven years but not more than eight. The notice period is eight weeks for employees who have worked for more than eight years but less than nine. The notice period is nine weeks for employees who have worked for more than nine years but less than ten. The notice period is ten weeks for employees who have worked for more than ten years but less than eleven years. The notice period is 11 weeks for employees who have worked for more than 11 years but less than 12 years. The notice period is 12 weeks for employees who have worked for more than 12 years.


For employees with fewer than five years of service, the minimum notice time is two weeks, while for those with more than five years of service, it is four weeks.


Although a contract of employment can call for a lengthier period of notice, notice periods cannot be less than the legal minimum. Whether or whether it is specified in the employment contract, the employee is always entitled to at least the statutory minimum notice time.

Severance pay

If a dismissal is deemed reasonable, the employee is not entitled to a severance payment unless the dismissal is for cause of redundancy. If the employee was terminated unfairly, he or she may be entitled to a compensatory award.


The Jersey Employment Tribunal's monetary awards are limited to up to 26 weeks' pay for an unfair dismissal finding, which accumulates on a sliding scale. Severance pay is up to four weeks' pay for employees with less than six months of service. Severance pay is equal to four weeks' wages for six to twelve months of continuous service. Severance pay is equivalent to eight weeks' pay for employees with more than 12 months but less than 24 months of service. Severance is equivalent to 12 weeks' pay for employees with more than 24 months but less than 36 months of service. Severance is equivalent to 16 weeks' pay for employees who have worked more than 36 months but less than 48 months. Severance is equivalent to 21 weeks' pay for employees with more than 48 months but less than 60 months of service. Severance pay is equivalent to 26 weeks' pay for employees with more than five years of service.

Probation period

The probationary period lasts for 4 weeks.

07. Working hours

General

There are no restrictions on the number of hours employees can be contracted to work in a single day (employers should, however, keep in mind applicable health and safety legislation, safe working practices, and any industry-specific legislation or guidance).


An employee is entitled to at least 24 hours of uninterrupted rest during each seven-day period during which the employee works for his or her employer.

Overtime

Overtime is typically governed by the terms of the employment contract.

08. Minimum wage

General

The minimum wage in Jersey is currently set at £8.32​ per hour.

09. Employee benefits

General

Employee benefits in Jersey may include a combination of the following:


Allowances and bonuses

Christmas Bonus

Community Costs Bonus (previously Food Cost Bonus) and Cold Weather Bonus

Home Carer's Allowance

Payment of benefits during bank holidays

Social Security benefit rates

Spend Local Payment for Income Support and Pension Plus

Benefit fraud

Benefit thieves

Report a benefit thief

Death and bereavement: benefits and financial support

Death Grant: single payment

Help with funeral costs: special payments

Survivor's benefit

Grants

Charitable funds

Education grants

Environmental grants

Industry grants and payments

Income Support

Applying for Income Support

Change in circumstances (Income Support)

How your Income Support benefit is made up

If you think a Social Security decision is wrong

Income Support residence test

Income Support: people with long term illnesses or disabilities

Income Support: what happens if you leave your job or fail to look for work

Income Support: what happens if you need hospital treatment in the UK

Report a benefit thief

Self-employed on Income Support: submit profit and loss accounts

Special payments: help with emergency costs

Ways to pay your Social Security instalment plan

Long-term care scheme

About the long-term care scheme

Long-term care scheme: benefits

Long-term care scheme: contributions

Parental and family support

Adoption grant

Contribution credits for parents working 20 hours or less: Home Responsibility Protection (HRP)

Parental Allowance: weekly payments

Parental financial support

Parental Grant: single payment

Pensions and retirement

Check your pension age

Claiming your pension early

Free TV licences for people 75 or over

How your pension works

Income Support

Long-term care scheme

Opting out of contributions early

Pension Plus scheme

Survivor's benefit

Veterans Welfare Service (VWS)

Sickness, injury and disability

Diffuse Mesothelioma special payment

If you think your Long Term Incapacity Allowance (LTIA) award is wrong

Incapacity Pension

Long term illness or injury benefit (Long Term Incapacity Allowance)

Medical assessments for Social Security benefits

Payments if you're off work sick (Short Term Incapacity Allowance)

Receiving Social Security benefits while you’re in hospital

Support for children with severe long-term illnesses or disabilities (Child Personal Care benefit)

Support for people with long term illnesses or disabilities

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

Establishing an entity in

Jersey

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

Jersey

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

Jersey

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

Jersey

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

Jersey

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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