Work in Gibraltar
Today, Gibraltar’s economy is dominated by jobs in the following sectors: financial services, internet gaming, shipping and tourism. As a consequence, many bookmakers and online gaming companies have relocated to Gibraltar to benefit from operating in a regulated jurisdiction with a favourable corporate tax regime.
Jobs in tourism also very popular. Gibraltar is a well-known port for cruise ships and attracts day visitors from resorts in Spain. The Gibraltar Rock is a popular tourist attraction, particularly among British tourists and residents in the southern coast of Spain. It is also a popular shopping destination, and all goods and services are VAT free. Many of the large British high street chains have branches or franchises in Gibraltar including Marks & Spencer and Mothercare. Branches and franchises of international retailers such as Tommy hilfiger and Sunglass Hut are also present in Gibraltar, as is the Spanish clothing company Mango.
There are high levels of recruitment of specialists from outside Gibraltar in other sectors, particularly the finance and gambling sectors. Large numbers of frontier workers (relative to the size of the Gibraltar job market) compete for jobs with local residents. These factors mean some Gibraltar residents have difficulties finding employment locally.
The most important industry sectors are: the wholesale and retail trade, public administration and defence, construction, real estate, business activities, the gambling sector and financial intermediaries. Jobs in these sectors are very popular.
The working hours for jobs in Gibraltar are 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
The public holidays are: January 1, March 10, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday – in May, June 16, Late Summer Bank Holiday – in August, 10 September, 25 December, 26 December, and December 31.
EU citizens: As part of the EU, Gibraltar allows members of EU nation states to enter, work, and live on the peninsula. They will initially receive a 6-month visa, and when that expires, a 5-year renewable work permit if they have found suitable employment, or started a business in the meantime.
‘New’ EU citizens: Under present legislation, nationals of the following EU/EEA member states require a work permit for employment in Gibraltar:
- Until 30th April 2009: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
- Until 31 December 2011: Bulgaria and Romania.
However, when a citizen of one of the above has worked in Gibraltar with a work permit for an uninterrupted period of 12 months or more, they do not need a work permit to get another job in Gibraltar.
Swiss nationals: do not require a work permit for jobs in Gibraltar.
Non-EU nationals: must find a job that no native Gibraltarian is willing to undertake. A work permit and residence permit will be issued if this is the case, but for a period not exceeding 12 months. The prospective employer has to request the work permit before the start of the employment. The government does not usually encourage this, especially since there is a readily available Spanish workforce within easy commuting distance.
With references from Wikipedia, xpatulator.com and exposurejobs.com