How much is Jobseeker’s Allowance? Employment

What is Jobseeker’s Allowance?

Job seekers allowance is a benefit available to help support individuals who are currently looking for work. Eligible claimants receive a payment every two weeks that is paid into their bank account.

At present, there are three different types of Jobseeker’s Allowance. These are:

  • ‘New style’ JSA
  • Contribution-based JSA
  • Income-based JSA

Am I eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance?

Whether you are eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance or not is dependent on individual circumstances.

Generally, claimants need to:

  • Be over 18
  • Be under the State Pension age
  • Be available to work
  • Not be in full-time education
  • Not be working, or working less than 16 hours per week on average
  • Not have an illness or disability that stops them from working
  • Be living in England, Scotland, or Wales
  • Be eligible to work in the UK

Claimants need to also provide evidence that they’re looking for work.

How much is Jobseeker’s Allowance?

Generally, for 16-24-year-olds, the basic rate for JSA is £57.90 per week. For individuals aged 25 and over, it’s £73.10.

That being said, several factors can impact how much you get from JSA depending on your circumstances.

Is Jobseeker’s Allowance the same as Universal Credit?

Universal Credit is a new initiative from the current government designed to replace several benefits including Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Working Tax Credit.

Over time, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance will be replaced by Universal Credit. But you will still be able to claim contribution-based JSA.

Get advice about Jobseeker’s Allowance and other benefits

Money worries can be overwhelming and stressful, especially when you experience them while looking for a job. At Building Better Opportunities, our Advocates can help you make sense of your finances and support you in making an application for Jobseeker’s Allowance and other welfare support.

To get in touch with us today to talk about money, and how much you may be eligible for in welfare support, give us a call today. Alternatively, you can drop into a Work Club anywhere in Stafford and South Staffordshire and speak to a member of our team without making an appointment. We are a non-judgemental and supportive organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of those who are currently out of work. We provide practical help, advice and support around employment, finances, health and wellbeing and beyond.