JSA Payment Rates

JSA RatesIf you a British citizen residing in England, Scotland or Wales, are 18 but not of pensionable age, or in full time education; you are on low income, working less than 16 hours a week and are capable of working – you may be entitled to one of two types of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – you can also find out about this by calling the JSA phone number

Contribution-based JSA

JSA rates vary according to age, partnership status, and whether you have paid Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) over the last two years. As of the 2014 Tax year the weekly rates for Class 1 NICs based JSA are as follows:

  • Age 16 to 24 – £57.35
  • 25 or over – £72.40

You are entitled to receive these payments for up to 6 months – 182 days.

Income-based JSA 

If you haven’t paid enough NI contributions in the last two years, or after 182 days of receiving NICs-based JSA, you may still be entitled to receive JSA based on income: you must be means tested in order to qualify. If you fall below the income threshold you will be eligible for income-based JSA at the following weekly rates – according to age and status:

  • Status Single (under 25) – £57.35
  • Single (25 or over) – £72.40
  • Couples (both aged 18 or over) £113.70
  • Lone parent (18 or over) £72.40
  • Lone parent (under 18) £57.35

NB. Partners that are both claiming will receive £113.70/week in total regardless of age. 

If you are a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEC) or aged 16-17 (subject to circumstances) you may also be eligible to claim Jobseeker’s allowance.

Application

If the application is successful an interview will be arranged as soon as possible at your nearest regional Jobcentre Plus office in order to complete the application process and sign a jobseekers agreement – which you have to uphold or payments can be stopped for up to three years. 

JSA payments are credited to your bank account every fortnight (not weekly) – the fortnightly sum will therefore be twice the weekly JSA rates you are entitled to. 

You must `sign-on’ every fortnight, declaring that you are continuing to take reasonable steps toward finding suitable employment according to your capabilities. You are also encouraged, and often obliged, to attend job interviews, training seminars and events in order to increase your chances of employment.