Jobseeker’s Allowance

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is for people who are available for, and actively seeking, employment.
To get benefits, you will need to discuss, usually every 2 weeks, when you are available for work and what you are doing to find a job.
If you have paid enough National Insurance contributions in the past, you may be able to get contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
If your income and savings are below a certain level, you may be able to claim income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

Under 25 – £56.25
Over 25 – £71.00
Couples – £111.45

Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

It is difficult to say exactly how much income based Jobseeker’s Allowance you might get. Your income is compared to an amount the government say need to live on and you get the difference. Therefore, the amount can vary from person to person depending upon their situation.

What do I need to do next?

Contact Jobcentre Plus to find out if you qualify for this benefit. More information can be found in the leaflets Jobseeker’s Allowance, Joint claims for Jobseeker’s Allowance, when some of the conditions do not apply, While claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or JSA and IS for 16 and 17 year olds.

Claim Online

If you live in a Jobcentre Plus area you may be able to apply online.
Check if you can claim Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Incapacity Benefit online.