I relocated to Guernsey in 2007, moving from London where I worked in graduate recruitment in the City.
For me, it was the right time (age/career). I was fed up with the commute where it took 1 hour to make a 4-mile journey from
Wandsworth to the City. I had a busy career which gave me absolutely no work/life balance so I made the move and I haven’t
ADAPT – be adaptable to the environment around you. This is a conscious move, and you are moving to an island of 5 x 7 miles where island life can vary from what you are used to.
EMBRACE – Like moving to a new city, embrace the community events, societies and outdoor life. Personal example, I threw myself into networking and events/societies and as I said, I’ve never looked back.
OPPORTUNITY – you may be working initially perhaps but there are lots of opportunities. Guernsey is very entrepreneurial in spirit and after the first lockdown, there were some 80+ businesses that set up (including
me!), so there is a real appetite for new ventures.
RESEARCH - I know that seems obvious when relocating and you naturally research as you would a job interview, but do think of housing, schools, job opportunities and the realities of day-to-day life. We are an island so there can be frustrations with travel if the fog comes in or other things which need to be factored in.
YOUR DRIVERS - It's not always a like-for-like transition. While it's a conscious decision to move; this is an island, and you need to think why you are moving, not just now but for the future.
Manage your expectations – it's vastly improving but services and access to what you are used to can be slower.
The Population Management Law regulates the size and make-up of Guernsey's population. The Law is designed to make sure that the island has the right mix of people supporting our economy and community now and also for the future.
It aims to support local businesses by providing Permits designed for specific jobs, allowing us to attract a diverse range of skilled people where needed to strengthen Guernsey's workforce.
It also determines who can live in certain accommodation. Guernsey's properties are primarily split into two 'Housing Markets' the Local Market and the Open Market.
If you are a non-UK resident, you will require also require a obtain a UK Working Visa applied for through UK immigration. In order to obtain this, you will need to show you have been sponsored / received an offer of employment by a local employer by way of the housing permit.
Guernsey has a two-tier property structure that applies to both rental and sales properties. Generally speaking, the Local Market is available for local residents and employment permit holders, whereas the Open Market is for individuals arriving from the UK or overseas, (subject to visa permissions).
Before starting your property search, it's important to know whether you are eligible for Local or Open Market housing. nswer to this item.