The Isle of Man, also known simply as Mann, is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann and is represented by a Lieutenant Governor. Defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom.
Approximately ranked by the World Bank as having the 5th highest gross national income per capita in 2016, the largest business sectors are insurance and eGaming with 17% of GNP each, followed by ICT and banking with 9% each.
Overall the Manx economy is diverse and has many and varied requirements for information and communications technology professionals. Digital business sectors are currently the fastest growing parts of the economy, so good technologists are always in demand.
The population of the Isle of Man is currently estimated to be c. 85,000 (equivalent to a mid-sized UK town such as Harlow), on an island of c. 221 square miles. This means we have a population density of around 385 people per square mile, instead of Harlow’s 7,290 per square mile. The island is a clean, open and spacious place to live, fantastic for walking, cycling, horse riding, water-sports etc. The island has several very active football, rugby, hockey and cricket clubs, and a dozen good golf courses. It is of course also a premier location for motorsports and host to the world famous Isle of Man TT motorcycle races.
The Isle of Man is a very safe place to live, with roughly half the crime rate per capita of the UK (and roughly double the clear-up rate). It is common to see children walking to school, women out walking or running alone, and the Police periodically remind people to remember to lock their cars and homes – many residents don’t bother because the island is such a safe place to live. Unemployment is very low at around 1% of the workforce.
Overall, most people who move to the Isle of Man stay here – the quality of life is exceptionally good compared with most of the UK and Europe. The one thing that the island doesn’t have is big city attractions, so if your idea of a good day out is crawling department stores then you may find that your life is incomplete – but most of us who fancy the occasional binge of city culture simply catch a plane to Liverpool, Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dublin for the weekend.