Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance is paid at
You may get less if you have part time earnings or a personal/occupational pension.
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
It is complicated to work out how much income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance you can get so we suggest using the Turn2us Benefits Calculator which can calculate your entitlement for you.
To calculate income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance your income is compared to an amount which the government considers you need to live on. This can vary from one person to another because it depends on your family circumstances, for example:
If you live alone or in a couple.
If you or your dependants are disabled.
If you're caring for someone who has a disability.
If you have savings of over £6,000.
If you have any other income.
If you have housing costs such as a mortgage.
Jobseeker's Allowance is included in the Benefit Cap which limits the total amount in some benefits that working-age people can receive. See our Benefit Cap guide for more details.
How will I be paid Jobseeker’s Allowance?
Jobseeker’s Allowance will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account or by Simple Payment if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account.
Jobseeker’s Allowance is usually paid every two weeks
There have been a number of changes to the rules about the conditions you have to meet in order to remain entitled to Jobseeker’s Allowance and the sanctions that can be imposed if you do not meet these conditions.
For more information, see our JSA sanctions information sheet
Please note: No sanction should be imposed if you can show good reason for your action that led to the sanction being considered. All decisions to apply a sanction are able to be appealed if you disagree.
Jobseeker’s Allowance and other benefits
Jobseeker’s Allowance counts as income when working out your entitlement to other benefits and tax credits.
Contribution-based Job Seeker's Allowance counts as income when working out entitlement to other benefits and tax credits unless you are getting your benefit topped up by income-based Job Seeker's Allowance, Pension Credit or Universal Credit, in which case your Contribution-based Job Seeker's Allowance is ignored for Housing Benefit purposes.
If you get income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and are eligible for Housing Benefit, you are automatically entitled to get the maximum Housing Benefit for your circumstances.
Cold Weather Payment
If you get income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, you may also qualify for a Cold Weather Payment. You do not need to make a claim as the payment will be made automatically for each qualifying period of cold weather. See our Cold Weather Payment guide for further details.