Why Work for St. Helena Government

Boasting a temperate climate ranging from 70-80°F (20-27°C) and beautiful landscapes and historical sites attractive to history buffs, adventurers and culture-seekers alike, it is not surprising that coming to work for St. Helena Government is such an attractive option. The number of expatriates on St. Helena varies, but averages around 40 people, plus their partners and families, with the majority of these in government posts.

As a UK Overseas Territory, St. Helena is part of a single territorial group consisting of St Helena and Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha. The jurisdiction of the three Islands falls under the Governor based on St Helena.  The Government Service of the Island is headed by the Chief Secretary and there is an Executive Council and Legislative Council and a number of Council Committees. 

The public sector accounts for two-thirds of income and a large proportion of employment on the island.

Expatriate Staff working for the government benefit from the following:

  • Paid flights and sea passages to and from post and for mid-tour leave
  • 30 days annual leave, not including travel to/from home country
  • Relocation allowance
  • Pension contribution of 7.5%
  • Rental allowance