Following discussions with business leaders and other States departments, the Housing Minister has decided to lift the five-year limit for all essentially employed people other than those working for newly formed companies.
The Housing department believes that this method has now become outdated, and Housing Minister Terry Le Main has changed the law with immediate effect.
From now on, only those deemed essentially employed working for start-up companies or new business ventures will be time-limited.
The 1(1)J licences were originally introduced to encourage employers to use the time of such an employee to enable local persons to be trained in order to take over from the essentially employed when their five-year licences expired.
It was thought that this would, in time, minimise employers’ requirements for essential employees, which in turn would lessen their demand on the housing stock.