2. What you'll get

How much you get depends on things like your income, savings and if you claim as an individual or a couple.

There are 2 types of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). Jobcentre Plus will work out which type you can get. You can use a benefits calculator to find out how much you’re entitled to.

You can get JSA as well as Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit.

Contribution-based JSA

Age JSA weekly amount
18 to 24 up to £57.35
25 or over up to £72.40

You’ll get contribution-based JSA if you’ve paid enough Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) in the 2 tax years before the benefit year you’re claiming in. A benefit year runs from the first Sunday in January to the Saturday before the first Sunday in January of the next year.

That means you must have:

  • worked for 26 weeks in one of these years earning at least the lower earnings limit for that tax year
  • paid class 1 contributions or received National Insurance credits in both of those tax years that amount to 50 times the lower earnings limit
£ per week 2012 to 2013 2013 to 2014 2014 to 2015
Lower earnings limit, primary Class 1 £107 £109 £111

Income-based JSA

Age JSA weekly amount
18 to 24 £57.35
25 or over £72.40
Couples (both aged over 18) £113.70

You’ll get income-based JSA if one of the following applies:

  • you were paid less than £153 per week on average when you were employed over the last 2 years
  • you’ve been claiming contribution-based JSA for over 182 days
  • you haven’t worked over the last 2 years

How you’re paid

Payments are usually made every 2 weeks.

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

Your circumstances change

You must tell Jobcentre Plus if your circumstances change, eg you start working or your income changes. This might affect how much you get.

You might be committing benefit fraud if you choose not to report a change.

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

The benefit cap

There’s a limit on the amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get.