Employment in Jersey is subject to strict regulations. The basic principle, enshrined in the 1973 Regulation of Undertakings Act, is that anyone offering employment is required to have a license to employ those who are not qualified to live on Jersey under the various Housing Acts. Those who come to the Island have to be resident for five years before they are regarded as qualified to apply for unlicensed vacancies.

The way that this has been interpreted has varied over the years: for many years it was relatively easy for businesses to get licenses. At the moment, it is far more difficult.

This does not mean that there are no available vacancies, but it means that the Jersey job market is rather unusual. Those who have specialised essential skills particularly in medicine will find vacancies, and some of the offshore finance companies have block licences which they will use to bring in specialist or senior staff. At the bottom end of the market there are still some seasonal vacancies for waiters and bar staff although the States, Jersey's government, are increasingly pushing the tourism industry to use local staff. In between there is very little.

The five year rule also applies to anyone who wishes to set up a business outside the finance sector, unless thay can prove that the business does not duplicate an existing business.

Jersey does not have any universities, although there is a college, called Highlands, which offers a very limited selection of university level degrees.

durrell wildlife park (zoo)

Jersey's Zoo is awesome and has lots to offer. Open daily, check website for further details.

elizabeth castle

Situated on a tidal island off St. Aubin's Bay was started in the 16th century, however modification continued up until the 20th century. Accessible by foot when the tide is out and by a small ferry, extra fees apply. Open daily.

mont orgueil castle

Over looking Gorey Harbour Mont Orgueil Castle, known locally as Gorey Castle, is thought to date back to 1204. However it was continually modified, including by the Nazis during the occupation years. Open daily, with bus routes 1, 1a and 2 running to it, along with cycle routes and free public parking nearby.

battle of flowers

Jersey's version of Battle of Flowers, held annually on the second Thursday of August. The parade is then followed by a moonlight parade on the Friday. The carnival involves floats decorated with flowers real or paper that cruise down the road. Tickets can be bought online.