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JSA Benefit Explained

JSA Job Seeker Allowance Benefits

What is Jobseekers Benefit? The Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is the main unemployment benefit for those who are searching for work.

JSA BENEFIT: The job seekers allowance rules and regulations help to cover living expenses for qualified claimants.

As a rule, job seekers between 18 and State Pension age may be eligible to claim for the JSA benefit.

The UK Government make JSA payments as part of the social security benefits system. It substitutes the old 'dole system'.

There are 3 basic steps to get Jobseeker's Allowance while you look for work. Government references are also available to this JSA page in Welsh language (Cymraeg).

  1. Check your eligibility to claim Jobseekers Allowance.
  2. Apply for JSA and attend a jobseekers interview at Jobcentre Plus.
  3. Honour your agreement to search for employment.

Note: Your JSA payments may stop if you fail to keep agreements or cannot provide a valid reason for it.

The Maximum Jobseekers Allowance Amount

There is a maximum job seekers weekly amount. Your age, your savings, and your income determines how much JSA you are entitled to. The government benefits calculator helps you check how much JSA you can get and how it might affect your other benefits.

What is the Maximum Jobseeker's Allowance Rates?Jobseeker's Allowance Rates 2018

Age of JSA Claimant Jobseeker's Allowance Weekly Amount
18 to 24 years £57.90 (maximum)
25 years or over £73.10 (maximum)
Couples (both aged 18 or over) £114.85 (maximum)

Note: You cannot claim income-based JSA with Universal Credit.

How is JSA Paid?

JSA payments are usually sent every 2 weeks straight into your bank or other secure account. There may be dates when benefits are paid early for UK bank holidays.

Different Types of Jobseeker's Allowance GuideDifferent Types of JSA

JSA TYPES: You could get one of two different types of Jobseeker's Allowance. Find out how Jobcentre Plus apply unemployment benefits to a claim.


Jobseeker's Allowance Eligibility CriteriaJobseeker's Allowance Eligibility Criteria

JSA ELIGIBILITY: You will need to meet all JSA eligibility conditions to get the Jobseeker's Allowance. Find out who is eligible to claim the benefit and how to qualify as a student.


How to Claim or Reclaim Jobseeker's AllowanceHow to Claim Jobseeker's Allowance

CLAIM JSA ONLINE: Most claimants will apply for Jobseeker's Allowance (or reclaim it) online. But, there are several other ways to claim JSA alone or with your partner.


JSA Interview Process and Required DocumentationJSA Interview Process

JSA INTERVIEW: A required part of an application for job seekers benefit is attending the JSA interview. If you do not attend the meeting you will not get the allowance payment.


While Claiming JSAWhile Claiming Jobseeker's Allowance

STARTED CLAIMING: Once you start claiming JSA you will get further help from a work coach. Their job is to help you make a plan and find employment.


Also in this section...

Christmas Bonus Benefit: Check when claimants of Jobseekers Allowance get £10 DWP XB payment.
Low Income Benefits: A section listing all the categories related to claiming unemployment benefit.
Universal Jobmatch: Match your CV and skills to jobs posted by companies in Britain and overseas.
When are Benefits Paid: A section explaining exactly how often social security welfare money gets paid.

Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) Benefit for Job Seekers in the United Kingdom