All You Need to Know About Living on The Isle of Man


So, you’ve spotted an excellent opportunity on the Isle of Man but you’re anxious about just how much you need to do before you can make the move? There’s a lot to consider before moving to a new country, but it may be much easier than you think.

Whether you’re moving for career, for family, or for lifestyle; here’s Ascentiom’s guide to all you need to know before you make your move to the Isle of Man.

The Location

A small English-speaking country, most known for the world-famous TT Races, the Isle of Man is an independent country located between England and Ireland.
As a thriving business hub, it is fast becoming a real hot-spot for those seeking a location that can offer a great work-life balance, affordability and prosperity. With breath-taking scenery, and short commutes, this location affords you the room to take a step back from the hustle and bustle, without taking a step back from your career.

Less than an hour’s flight from London, home to some of the most successful businesses in the world, and recently awarded the prestigious biosphere status for its commitment to protecting wildlife and the environment, and once again named as the safest place in the British Isles.
Personal tax rates in the Isle of Man are among the lowest in Europe and there is a tax cap of £125k per person/per annum.

Employment prospects

With an unemployment rate below 1%, a population of just 85,000 and a growing finance and eGaming sector, there has never been a better time to find a job on the Isle of Man.

Most employers understand that recruiting off-island is simply a must when it comes to filling vacancies requiring skilled workers, and more and more of these growing companies are using relocation recruitment specialists such as Ascentiom to seek the right candidate from outside of the Isle of Man.

Salaries on the Isle of Man are 19% higher than the UK, on average.


Most commutes around the Isle of Man are no more than a 30-minute drive; leaving you more time to enjoy with your family.

Travelling off the island to mainland UK can be just as fast, with regular flights taking just 20-minutes to Liverpool and 50-minutes to London.

Work permits/visas

If you intend to work on the island you will need a work permit or a Visa. Obtaining a work permit is a simple process and your employer is responsible for the bulk of the paperwork, so once you’ve landed that dream job you can sit back and relax.


The Island offers automatic 1-year work permits for spouses, civil partners, and cohabiting partners.

The Isle of Man is home to 4 towns, 4 villages, and 16 parishes, all within an average of a 30-minute drive to your work-place.

If you have children, they are entitled to free and immediate enrolment to the Island’s school system. You will need to contact the school in your area to enrol them straight away.


Residents of the Isle of Man benefit from comprehensive healthcare which is free at the point of contact; the Isle of Man National Health Service (NHS).

Patients from the UK who are temporarily resident here, on holiday or working for a period less than 3 months are able to register with a GP. Temporary residents from the EU or further afield may be charged for seeing the GP.

Cost of Living

Rent (monthly) £750
Gas (monthly) £40
Electricity (monthly) £40
Broadband (monthly) £40
Mobile contract (monthly) £35
Bus fair £2.70
Glass of wine £5.35
Pint of beer £3.40

The above figures are estimations based on the average property type (2 bed) and lifestyle for workers on the Isle of Man.

Ascentiom can make this even easier for you.

Ascentiom recruitment is based on the Isle of Man and we specialize in relocation recruitment. We’ll not only work with you to find the perfect career opportunity, but we’ll guide you through the process to make the move as simple as possible for both you and your family.

If you’re considering the Isle of Man as the next move in your career, read our blog about what the Isle of Man could offer in comparison to other destinations.

Ascentiom is licensed as an employment agency by the Isle of Man's Department of Enterprise, agency number 235.

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