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Job Seekers Allowance Regulations

The Job Seeker's Allowance or Job Seeker's Benefit is a social benefit provided to residents in the United Kingdom.

The Job Seeker's Allowance is provided to certain individuals who are currently unemployed and who need financial assistance while searching for a new job. The Job Seeker's Allowance is approved on a case by case basis, and certain regulations do apply for those who seek to obtain a Job Seeker's Allowance.


To be eligible for a Job Seeker's Benefit, you must be of legal working age.

Regulations stipulate that eligible workers must be between the age of 18 and the age of pension, which is about 65 years of age for men and 60 years of age for women. If you are an individual with extenuating circumstances, you should apply for special consideration. Persons who are under the age of 18 or who are older than the state pension age may still be able to qualify for a Job Seeker's Allowance as a legally emancipated minor or a custodial guardian of minor children.


You must be officially unemployed from a former job in order to qualify for a Job Seeker's Benefit.

In most cases, you will need to show proof of former employment and copies of former paychecks or layoff notices. If you are currently a full-time student, on maternity or paternity leave or if you are a prisoner on temporary release, you will not qualify for the Job Seeker's Allowance.

Capable of Work

Regulations for the Job Seeker's Allowance state that you must be capable of work, and you must be available for work in order to qualify. If you are ill or have a disability that prevents you from working, you would not qualify for the Job Seeker's Benefit and would need to claim Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance. If you are eligible to receive a Job Seeker's Allowance and you become disabled or sick for more than two weeks, your Job Seeker's Benefit would be discontinued and you would then have to claim Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance.

Seeking Work

To keep receiving Job Seeker's Benefits, you must be actively seeking work during the length of your Job Seeker's Allowance agreement. To show you are actively seeking work, you must apply for jobs, spend time updating a resume, register with employment agencies and inquire about job vacancies.

New Jobseeker Interview

Job Seeker's Allowance regulations also require new applicants to meet with a jobcentre representative to conduct a new jobseeker interview. During the interview, a jobseeker agreement will be drafted to verify your location and outline the details of your employment eligibility, availability and the rate of pay you seek for new employment.