Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is a taxable benefit that you can receive while you’re looking for a full-time job. You can get up to £58 per week if you’re under 24 or up to £73 per week if you’re older, but you have to agree to continue actively looking for a job.
Two essential things that you might want to know:
- Jobseeker’s Allowance is taxable. If you go self-employed, for example, you have to add the JSA to your income when you calculate your Income Tax
- Universal Credit is replacing Jobseeker’s Allowance for most people. You should check if you’re still eligible on HMRC’s website.
If you’re eligible and want to claim it, you can apply for JSA here.