Working hours: benefits rules - Calculating work hours: Self-employed people
Benefit entitlement can depend on how many hours of paid work you do per week.
- Last reviewed 01 November 2023
Calculating work hours: Self-employed people
Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance
If you are self-employed, it is the number of hours normally performed for payment or expectation of payment that count.
You should include all the hours needed to run your business. This can include visiting potential clients; typing up estimates; buying stock; bookkeeping etc.
Tip: keep a diary note of all hours you do for your business in case you need to show proof.
Working Tax Credit
If you are self-employed, it is the number of hours normally performed for payment or expectation of payment.
You should count all the hours needed to run your business, including visiting potential clients, typing up estimates, buying stock, bookkeeping etc.
Tip: Keep a diary to record all the hours you do for your business in case you need to show proof.
Working hours do not affect Universal Credit. Universal Credit is paid to people in or out of work, and you (or your partner) can work any number of hours and still qualify. Your Universal Credit payments will adjust to your earnings. You can use our Benefits Calculator to find out how increasing your hours or starting a new job could affect what you get.
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