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Working in Alderney

If you are looking for a job, check out the Vacancies page to search different job vacancies updated weekly.

Every person working in Alderney, whether for themselves or for an employer, must hold an Employment Permit (Work Permit). You will need to show your document to your new employer and they will need to take a copy of it. 

Every person working in Alderney has to inform Guernsey Social Security and register with Guernsey Revenue Service. At the time of registration you will be given a tax number and to maintain for your own records, along with a copy to be handed in to your employer.

You can find further information about 

  • Work Permit Guidance

    • Under thepdf icon Employment_Permits_(Alderney)_Law__1975_(Consolidated_text) [176kb], all citizens of the EU (this includes Guernsey, Sark and Jersey residents), are required to apply for and be granted an Employment (Work) permit before commencing employment on Alderney, unless they are exempted under the aforementioned Law. Please see further details on these exemptions below.

    • A Work Permit needs to be re issued on an annual basis..

    • Once a person has been in the same employment for 4 years or resident on Alderney for 5 years they are eligible to apply for an Indefinite Work Permit which is valid for all employment the applicant chooses to undertake. This does not need to be renewed.

    • Citizens of a non-EU country must apply for a working visa which allows employment to be undertaken in the UK. You are advised to check with your nearest British Embassy or High Commission prior to travelling.

    • For anyone to apply for a Work Permit, they need to have been offered a job first.

    • Some categories of employment are exempt from the requirement of an Work Permit. Please see Exemptions below.

  • Applying for a Work Permit

    • If you require a Work Permit you will need to complete an pdf icon Employment Permit Application Form [454kb] and have it countersigned by your employer.

    • Application forms are also available from the General Office and the download section of this page.

    • Please submit the completed application form with the correct fee and photographic identification in person at the General Office or by post to the States of Alderney, PO Box 1001, Alderney, GY9 3AA

    • Photographic identification: Please do not send original documents such as passports and driving licences through the post with your application, a clean photocopy of the original document will suffice.

    • We aim for the Work Permit process to be completed within 5 working days, reliant upon the application form being correctly and honestly completed.

    • Please note: You will be required to disclose and give details of every offence of which you have ever been convicted, however minor, including traffic offences or offences committed whilst a juvenile. "Spent" convictions and cautions must also be shown.

    • Any queries please contact the Chief Executive's office for clarification. All enquiries will be dealt with confidentially.

  • Renewing a Work Permit

    • To renew a Work Permit you will need to complete an pdf icon Employment Permit Application Form [454kb] and have it countersigned by your employer.

    • Application forms are also available from the General Office and the download section of this page.

    • Please submit the application form with the correct fee in person at the General Office or by post to the States of Alderney, PO Box 1001, Alderney, GY9 3AA

    • We aim for the Work Permit process to be completed within 5 working days, reliant upon the application form being correctly and honestly completed.

    • Please note: You will be required to disclose and give details of every offence of which you have ever been convicted, however minor, including traffic offences or offences committed whilst a juvenile. "Spent" convictions and cautions must also be shown.

    • Any queries please contact the Chief Executive's office for clarification. All enquiries will be dealt with confidentially.

  • Employment Law

  • Employers

    • Please take into consideration when tendering for contracts on Alderney that work permits will be required for workers who are not resident on the island.         

      • The positions of work, for which employment permits are to be applied for, are required to be advertised for at least seven days, to enable resident tradesmen/workers the opportunity to apply for the positions advertised, prior to a work permit application form being completed and received by the States Office.

      • Permits are issued for a maximum period of 12 months and are renewable.

      • We aim for the Work Permit process to be completed within 5 working days, reliant upon the application form being correctly and honestly completed.

    • Under no circumstances should employment commence before employees are in possession of a valid work permit.

  • Fees

    • First application: £40

    • Annual renewal: £20

    • Indefinite Work Permit (After 5 years): £80

  • Exempt Categories

    • Employees exempt of an Employment permit are:

      • Employee of the Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Stroud

      • Employee of Lloyds TSB Offshore Limited; HSBC Bank plc; NatWest Bank

      • Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey

      • Medical Practitioner; Dentist or Veterinary Surgeon

      • Air crew or Aircraft maintenance staff

      • Sales representatives of a firm of wholesale suppliers

      • Principal or technical employee of a firm of Accountants; Architects; Chartered Engineers or Travel Agents

      • Representatives of the Press or of a Broadcasting or Television company

      • Crew of ships - other than fishing vessels

    • If there is any doubt as to whether your category of employment is exempt, contact the office of the Chief Executives Office.