ACCOMMODATION AND RELOCATION
The Department of Health has a limited amount of residential accommodation in a number of different locations in Douglas and on the Noble’s Hospital site. Accommodation in these residences varies from single room to family accommodation and can be rented at rates comparable to the private sector.
Many staff prefer to settle in Douglas, Onchan and the surrounding areas because of their proximity to Noble’s Hospital. However, the Island is small and commuting seldom takes longer than 30 minutes from even the remotest locations.
The Government of the Isle of Man recognises that successful candidates relocating to take up posts on the Island incur related costs and a relocation package is offered to certain categories of staff to alleviate these costs and encourage recruitment to the Island.
Financial assistance is offered to cover removal costs, up to a total of £7,000. Examples of the type of removal costs which are covered include:
- preliminary visit to the Island
- removal of household effects
- storage of household effects
- fees associated with buying and selling of property
- relocation of dependants
- miscellaneous expenses eg: telephone, gas, electric connections
In addition, for some posts which are difficult to recruit to, successful candidates may be offered a recruitment incentive payment of up to £3,000.
Finally, the Department of Health also offers financial assistance to staff relocating to the Isle of Man where they find their accommodation costs to be higher for a similar standard of property than those paid prior to their move. This monthly assistance payment is made for a maximum of two years and will be either the difference in cost between the existing rent or mortgage and that in the Isle of Man, or £250, whichever is less.