Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
What is Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)?
Jobseekers Allowance, known as JSA, is a benefit for people who are of working age but are out of work, or work less than 16 hours a week on average. If you're eligible, it is paid while you're looking for work.
Who can claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)?
To get Jobseekers Allowance you must:
- Be available, and actively looking for work
- Be 18, but under State Pension age
- Currently work less than 16 hours per week (on average)
Usually Job Seekers Allowance is not paid to 16 or 17 year olds, except in special cases. To find out if you are eligible, call the Job Centre Plus office on:
If you are a man aged 60 - 64, it may be more beneficial for you to claim Pension Credit instead of JSA. Contact the Job Centre Plus Office for more advice.
There are 2 types of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), these are contribution-based Jobseekers Allowance, and Income Based Jobseekers Allowance. More information is detailed below
- Contribution based Jobseekers Allowance You can receive this for up to 182 days. It is based on how much National Insurance you have paid in the last two tax years. The tax year starts on the 6th April and finishes on the 5th of April (12 months).
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance This is based on your Income and Savings. You may get this if you have not paid enough National Insurance contributions (known as NICs), or you have only paid contributions for self-employment, and you're on a low income.
It is recommended you contact the Job Centre Plus to find out what type of Job Seekers Allowance you are entitled to:
For more details on how much benefit you are entitled to, either call the Job Centre Plus office or click here