The Island of Guernsey is located in the English Channel, roughly 30 miles from the French coast and some 70 miles from the south coast of England. The Island has an area of approximately 24 square miles with a population of just over 60,000. The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes a number of islands in addition to Guernsey - Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou and Lihou. Although Guernsey is geographically closer to the Normandy coast than the south coast of England, it is a dependency of the British Crown.
Financial services, such as investment banking, fund management, insurance, trust and fiduciary services, is the major industry and accounts for about 23% of employment and 32% of total income. Engineering plays a vital role in sustaining the finance industry enabling Guernsey to be a major offshore player in the global financial market. Construction, civil and structural engineering is by far the largest sector of the local engineering industry. A broad and surprising range of other engineering disciplines can be found on the Island in particular telecommunications, IT, software, mechanical, agricultural, marine, electrical and electronic.