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Jersey: Recruitment and selection

Original author: Helen Ruelle, Mourant Ozannes
Updating author: Carla Benest, Mourant Ozannes

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  • It is unlawful to discriminate on grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, age and disability in respect of recruitment and selection processes. (See Discrimination)
  • There is no general statutory regulation of job advertisements, but employers must observe rules on discrimination and data protection, and on advertising locally and in the EEA before recruiting people who require a work permit. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • There is no specific statutory regulation of the selection process, but employers must observe various rules on the residential status of recruits, data protection and disclosure of criminal convictions. (See Selection)
  • A contract of employment exists once an offer of employment has been made by an employer and accepted by the employee. (See Job offers)
  • The minimum employment age is 13 years, and the employment of children aged 13, 14 and 15 is subject to certain specific rules and restrictions. (See Young people and children)
  • Only people who have "entitled" residential status (broadly, those who have lived in Jersey for at least 10 years) may live and work in Jersey without any restrictions, and other individuals face limitations on their employment and/or housing. (See Residential status and housing control)
  • Most people who are not British citizens or nationals of other EEA countries require a work permit in order to work in Jersey. (See Foreign nationals)
  • Financial incentives are available for employers that recruit long-term unemployed people. (See Employment grants)