Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

1. How it works

Use a benefits calculator to check if you can get Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) before you apply. You may need to claim Universal Credit instead.

You can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to help you when you look for work.

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

What you need to do

  1. Check you’re eligible.

  2. Make a claim and go to an interview at your local Jobcentre Plus office.

  3. Keep to your agreement to look for work.

Your JSA payments will be stopped if you don’t keep to your agreement to look for work and can’t give a good reason.

What you’ll get

There’s a maximum amount you can get - but how much you’re entitled to depends on things like your age, income and savings.

Use a benefits calculator to check how much JSA you can get, and how your other benefits will be affected.

Age JSA weekly amount
18 to 24 up to £57.90
25 or over up to £73.10
Couples (both aged over 18) up to £114.85

How you’re paid

Payments are usually made every 2 weeks.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are usually paid into your bank, building society or credit union account.