Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

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Working while you claim

You can usually work while you are claiming ESA if both of the following apply:

  • you work less than 16 hours a week
  • you do not earn more than £167 a week

You can do as many hours of voluntary work as you like.

Tell Jobcentre Plus about your work including any volunteering when you make a claim.

If you’re already claiming ESA and want to start work, fill in the ESA permitted work form. Send the form to Jobcentre Plus.