Living & Working in Guernsey

Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands, located in the English Channel between France and the UK.  Though independently governed, the Channel Islands are under the protection of the British Crown.

Guernsey is the second largest Island in the group with a population of c.60,000 in an area of 25 square miles.  Whilst the Island is not in the European Union (EU), it does have a special relationship with it.             


Due to the size of this Island, its offshore status and the density of the population, strict controls have been imposed on who is allowed to live and work here.

All employees require an up to date “Right to Work” document issued by the Guernsey Housing Department to confirm they are lawfully housed and permitted to work.


To learn more about Guernsey:

Guernsey Income Tax

The Guernsey Income Tax rate is 20% of earnings, however there is a standard single person’s allowance of £10k, which means that you do not pay income tax on the first £10k of your annual earnings.
If you have just moved to Guernsey permanently or are about to, you will need to register with the Guernsey Income Tax department. You can find the online registration here -

For more information regarding Guernsey Income Tax, please visit their website:

Guernsey Social Security (social insurance)

The Guernsey Social Security (social insurance) rate for 2017 is 6.6% of earnings and applies to everyone over school leaving age. The reason we contribute to the Guernsey Social Insurance Scheme is to receive various benefits according to whether or not you work and how you are employed. As an employed person, you are entitled (subject to fulfilling certain conditions) to: Sickness benefit, Invalidity benefit, Industrial injury benefit, Industrial medical benefit, Industrial disablement benefit, Unemployment benefit, Old age pension, Bereavement benefit, Death grant and Maternity benefit.

For more information regarding Guernsey Social Security, please visit their website:




If you are thinking about relocating to Guernsey permanently and have either a local partner, Guernsey connection or an EU passport, contact our Directors today for more details:-


Jenny Mitchell 

FIRP Cert RP - Director & Shareholder

+44 (0) 1481 710639

Melissa Campbell

FIRP CertRP MInstLM ACMI - Director & Shareholder

+44 (0) 1481 710639


Helpful links

For further information on housing control, eligibility to live and work on this Island and tax and social security issues, please visit:

Moving to Guernsey

If you are thinking of moving to the Island and require assistance with looking for a property, schools for your children or any other aspect of your move, please contact Quintessential Relocation Consultants, who’ll be delighted to help –

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