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Guernsey: Recruitment and selection

Original and updating author: Rachel Guthrie, Mourant Ozannes

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  • Direct and indirect discrimination in recruitment and selection is prohibited. (See Discrimination)
  • There is no general statutory regulation of job advertisements, but employers must observe various rules on non-discrimination and data protection, and on advertising locally before recruiting from abroad. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • There is no specific statutory regulation of the selection process, but employers must observe various rules on non-discrimination and data protection. (See Selection)
  • A contract of employment exists once an offer of employment has been made by an employer and accepted by an employee. (See Job offers)
  • There are some restrictions on the employment of children under the age of 16. The employment of young people aged 16 and 17 is not subject to any particular restrictions, although they are not entitled to the full statutory minimum wage rate. (See Young people and children)
  • All people working in Guernsey must have a valid "Right to Work" document/permit/certificate, issued by the public authorities. (See Right to work and population management)
  • Only people who are "permanent residents" or "established residents" may live and work in Guernsey without any restrictions. Other individuals require a visa, work permit and/or housing licence, depending on their nationality and circumstances. (See Foreign nationals)
  • A public Recruitment Grant Scheme provides financial support for employers that recruit long-term unemployed people. (See Recruitment grants)