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Working hours: benefits rules - Calculating work hours : Employees

If you are doing paid work for an employer or are self-employed but on a low income, you may still qualify for certain welfare benefits. Benefit entitlement can depend on how many hours of paid work you do per week.

Calculating work hours : Employees

Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance

If you are employed, the number of hours you actually work are taken into account, this can include overtime if this is done routinely. If you do more than one job you should add your total hours together.

Working Tax Credit

You count the number of hours you would normally work ie what you regularly, usually or typically do. The number of hours you normally work may not be specified in your contract of employment or may vary from what is specified. It is the hours you actually work that matter. If you routinely do paid overtime you can argue that these are hours you normally work and they should be included.


Reviewed: September 2021

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