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10 reasons to move back to the Island

Whether you're considering moving back to the Isle of Man or looking for a new place to call home, the Island has a lot to offer. Here at we've pulled together our top 10 reasons to move back to the Isle of Man.

1. Because there are hundreds of job opportunities

There has never been a better time to find a job on the Island. The unemployment figure is the lowest figure since 2004 and recruiters are snapping up workers – particularly in ICT/e-Business, e-Gaming, Financial and Professional Services, the Medical profession and Teaching.

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2. Because work permits are changing

It's getting easier to relocate to the Isle of Man and work here. If you're Manx, you don't need a work permit but for many years your partner/spouse did. This changed in November 2017 with automatic 1 year work permit for cohabiting partners of Isle of Man workers upon application.

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3. Because average earnings are higher than the UK

The Island's average salary is £685 per week – in comparison to the UK's £507, Scotland's £491 and Northern Ireland's £591. And with the high rate of income tax set at 20% in comparison to the UK's 40%, you have more disposable income to spend.


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4. Because you have time for actual hobbies

The average commuting time is around 25 minutes and many people are home for 6pm each night, if not earlier – compare this to UK cities, where the daily commute is tiring, expensive and just infuriating! The BBC estimate the UK daily average commuting time to be 54 minutes, whilst research by the University of Montreal shows that long commutes leave you more susceptible to chronic stress.

Meanwhile, on the Isle of Man, you'll have time for a yoga class before work and a bike ride before dinner! Yes, that really is a lady doing yoga in one of the Island's many glens.

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5. Because career progress is normally quicker than the UK too

When Daniel Pieciak moved to the Isle of Man from Poland he was amazed at how quickly he has been able to progress professionally in such a short space of time. Moving to the Island allowed Daniel "to learn a lot of exciting trades, from payroll, through to bullion trading and now e-Gaming – one of the most exciting and rewarding industries I have ever worked in." Find out more about Daniel's story here.

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6. Because social life options are getting better – honestly!

During the course of 2017, we've had a Gin Festival, Film Festival, Literary Festival, Open Air cinema screenings, pop-up restaurants, and so much more to keep your mid-week blues at bay.

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7. Because it's safe. Really, really safe.

Our very own Chief Constable, Gary Roberts announced earlier this year that the Island remains the safest place to live in the British Isles, with crime levels a third that of the UK. You'll soon find out we're all a lovely bunch of people living here!

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8. Because it's simply stunning and UNESCO said so

In March 2016 the Isle of Man was awarded status as a UNESCO World Biosphere Region. The Island is the only entire jurisdiction in the world to be awarded this prestigious title and this status recognises the way in which the Island's population exists alongside a plethora of diverse natural habitats. These photos demonstrate our status beautifully.


Photo Credit: UNESCO

9. Because you can escape the hustle and bustle

The population density of the Island is just 148 per Km2 and you're never more than 8 miles from the sea and, with scenery like this, a walk in the Manx hills can inspire anyone to want freedom from the rapid lifestyle of city living.


Photo Credit: Ron Strathdee

10. Because it's home

We all know it's awesome to be able to spend time away from the Island at University, travelling or just experiencing life elsewhere, but actually, there's nowhere just like home.

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Photo Credit: Visit Isle of Man


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