2. What you'll get

There are 2 types of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). Jobcentre Plus will work out the type you get and how much tax will be charged.

JSA does not affect Child Benefit or child tax credit.

Use a benefits calculator to estimate your JSA, see which type you get and how JSA affects your other benefits.

Contribution-based JSA

You can only get contribution-based JSA for 182 days (approximately 6 months). You may be able to get income-based JSA after this.

Age Weekly amount
16 to 24 £57.35
25 or over £72.40

You could get this if you’ve paid enough Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) in the last 2 tax years.

Your income or savings don’t usually affect how much you get (unless you get money from a part-time job or an occupational or private pension).

Income-based JSA

Status Weekly amount
Single (under 25) £57.35
Single (25 or over) £72.40
Couples (both aged 18 or over) £113.70
Lone parent (18 or over) £72.40
Lone parent (under 18) £57.35

You could get this if you’ve not paid enough National Insurance as an employee and you’re on a low income.

Income-based JSA is means tested. Your income and savings can affect how much you get.

How you’re paid

Payments are usually made every 2 weeks.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are normally paid into an account, eg a bank account.

Your circumstances change

Tell Jobcentre Plus if your circumstances change as this can affect how much you get and you might be committing benefit fraud. For example, you start working or your income changes.

Volunteering won’t normally affect your JSA but report it before you start.

You must go to a Jobcentre (usually every 2 weeks or when asked) to show how you’ve been searching for a job to keep getting JSA. This is known as ‘signing on’.

The benefit cap

The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. Some individual benefits aren’t affected, but it may affect the total amount of benefit you get.

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