Job hunting could be difficult when the economy is not doing well as more companies resort to retrenchment and massive layoffs. Every year thousands of graduates are added to countless unemployed people. If ever there are available jobs, they cannot accommodate jobseekers who are over aged and less qualified. Job hunting is a bit of a challenge and stressful because of the competitions everywhere.
Companies would prefer job applicants with a baccalaureate and master’s degree. For somebody who has no job experience, looking for the elusive dream job would sometimes take months to a year. To those who lack perseverance in job hunting may decide to venture in their own business or perhaps would look for menial jobs, at least they have a fall back as expenses for food and monthly bills are increasing.
While jobseekers are waiting for the opportunity for their dream job, they can benefit from JSA or Jobseeker’s Allowance given by the British government to unemployed individuals who are actively looking for work. JSA is created to help jobless cover their cost of living as part of the benefits from social security. JSA can only be given to individuals who have been paying to national insurance as part of their monthly salary deductions at the time that they were working or throughout their employment period.
Two types of Jobseeker’s Allowance
Since its creation, jobseekers can choose the Jobseeker’s Allowance which is based on contribution and income.
Contributory-based Jobseeker’s Allowance is taxable and based on the contribution paid by the individual to the Jobseekers National Insurance and have paid for a period of at least six months. They should be a bonafide resident of UK.
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance is taxable and is similar to income support and claimant must be a bonafide resident in UK or is a rightful habitual resident.
Who are eligible for JSA?
To qualify for a Jobseeker’s Allowance the claimant should have the following qualifications:
They should submit a proof that they are actively looking for work.
They must be 18 years and above but not beyond a State Pensioner’s age.
Physically and mentally able to work.
When qualified, a JSA applicant must be willing to undergo an interview to be able to get the claim. Individuals who do not have enough national insurance as an employed and they belong to low income bracket can claim their JSA as financial aid while they seek for their dream jobs.
Additional Info for JSA Claimants
Claimants can have their JSA the day they lost their job by dialling JSA contact number. The receiver on the other line will take all the details and prepare an appointment to meet the financial adviser in the region where claimant is registered. Claimant will be asked to sign a Jobseekers Agreement and submit other documents to complete their requirements.
Waiting for the right opportunity for a dream job sometimes comes smoothly but others may find it elusive. While browsing jobsites on the net, it pays that individuals should actively look for work to be able to claim their Jobseekers Allowance. What they need to do is to dial a JSA contact number to send their queries and claim what is due to them. When employees have lost their jobs and seeking other employment, they can claim the JSA anywhere in the United Kingdom.