Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is a type of benefit provided by the UK government to individuals who are actively seeking employment but are currently out of work. It is designed to provide financial support while you are looking for a job.
Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
There are two types of Jobseeker's Allowance:
- Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance: This is based on your National Insurance contributions and is available to those who have paid enough contributions in the past two to three years.
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance: This is based on your income and savings and is available to those who have a low income or no income.
To be eligible for Jobseeker's Allowance, you must be over 18 years old, be available for work, and actively seeking employment. You must also not be in full-time education or have a job that pays over a certain amount.
If you are eligible for Jobseeker's Allowance, you can make a claim online or by calling the Jobcentre Plus helpline. The amount of JSA you receive will depend on your circumstances and can vary depending on factors such as your age, income, and savings.
It's important to note that Jobseeker's Allowance is a temporary benefit and is designed to provide support while you are actively seeking employment. As such, you will need to attend regular appointments at the Jobcentre Plus and show evidence of your job search activity to continue receiving the benefit.