WhatJobs Tips – Finding a job in the Channel Islands

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What jobs are in the Channel Islands?
Tourism is a major industry in the smaller islands due to the scenic views, beautiful cliffs and ocean. Agriculture also plays a part in the economy, providing farmers and truck drivers with careers. Potatoes and tomatoes are the main export crops, shipping to the United Kingdom. This means those in the freight industry could find careers in the Channel Islands. Since the 1960s, Jersey and Guernsey became major offshore financial centres. Meaning there are many opportunities for accountants, advisors, bankers and analysts. 

Financial activities are more important in Jersey farm than in Guernsey, where the focus is on horticultural and greenhouse activities. The Royal Bank of Canada is a major employer with some 1,000 staff employed in Jersey. The island has been described as a tax haven, attracting deposits from customers seeking the advantages of reduced taxes. Construction is the second-largest employer in the islands, where over 6,000 people are employed.

What is it like living in the Channel Islands?
The Channel Islands are an archipelago in the English Channel off the French coast of Normandy, making travel to European countries extremely easy. Exquisite coastlines and old-world charm surround Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney. With a mixture of French and British culture, the islands are proudly independent. Depending on the island and the area, houses range between £500,000 and £1 million.

Kris Paterson is a writer for whatjobs

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