Looking for a job can sometimes be a very difficult experience. Keeping this scenario in priority, the UK government has started an initiative of Job Seeker’s Allowance. Under this initiative, the job seekers will be eligible for a small token of allowance. Before we proceed, it is important to understand the importance of the allowance.
Job seeking can be a very time-consuming process. It needs a series of steps starting from applying to an organisation to getting placed, therefore the UK government has considered the time you invest looking for a job. This has prompted the UK government to pay the allowances for job seekers.
This article explores the conditions for a job seeker to claim allowance. We will help you to understand the different modes and amounts of payment for job seekers. We will also look through the basic eligibility of the allowance and the other allied benefits related.
To know more about the JSA, feel free to contact them on the JSA contact number.
Conditions needed for being a job seeker:
Understanding that there are two types of job seekers is very important;they are active and passive job seekers. Though the UK government has not said clearly about the passive job seekers, they have selected criteria for calling an individual as a job seeker.
- An individual who has been out of a full-time job recently
- An individual who has been working for less than 16 hours a week.
Different categories of the job seeker’s allowance
The individuals can claim the JSA in three different ways. The following are the different kinds of JSA:
- The 6-month long contribution- based job seeker’s allowance
- New style JSA based on your payment of class 1 job insurance
- Job seeker’s allowance based on your income
Eligibility of the job seeker’s allowance
Before you start reading any further, it is important to find out the basic criteria for the eligibility of job seeker’s allowance. Let us explore the basic requirements that you must follow:
- Active job seeking is being done by the candidate
- Working less than 16 hours a week
- Not pursuing full-time education in any educational institute.
- An individual is not claiming any other support like income support.
- Free from any disability that is an obstacle to delivering the duties at work.
Now, that we have covered the basic requirements for the individual, we must look at the different categories of JSA.
Eligibility for the different categories of JSA
To be eligible for the different modes of JSA, the basic criteria is that you must have the basic eligibility covered. Once, you have met the basic criteria, you should read further.
To be eligible for contributionbased JSA, you should have not missed payments for the National Insurance in the last two years. You can also get it if you have a working partner or you have accumulated enough funds as savings.
New Style allowance is one of a kind. To be eligible, you should not have missed any of the Class 1 National Insurance payments, while you were working. You will get the amount in your bank account on every fifteenth day and it pays you for about 180 days of the year.
Income-based job seeker’s allowance has mostly been replaced by Universal Credit. The only eligibility for the incomebased JSA is if you were a part of the SDP allowance and you have stopped getting the same.
Amount as a JSA
If your age is in-between 18 to 24, you are eligible for a JSA of close to 58 pounds. In case you are over 24, you can claim as much as 74 Pounds and about 116 Pounds if you have claimed the same as a couple.