Any point on being on the dole? (JSA)

I work part -time under 16 hours a week @ £5.93.
Is there any point of me claiming JSA? Would I be better off on the dole?

Thanks for any help on this.

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You'd be better off in education?

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thesaint

You'd be better off in education?


Forgot to mention, I'm a graduate (Under 25) but no jobs out there..

Do you have kids? are you claiming working family tax credits & child benefit?

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Baiting thread, must be!?

It's no surprise people can't be bothered to work when the minimum wage is so low. Under £6 is a joke - I feel for you OP, look for something that pays better if you can

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Mellow Yellow

Do you have kids? are you claiming working family tax credits & child … Do you have kids? are you claiming working family tax credits & child benefit?


no kids but parents are claiming working tax

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bykergrove

No. be a man and earn your own money.



Says the person who lives at home with mummy....

financially no, you would be £40 per week worse off and since you have no dependants etc it would not be worth it and dont think your income would not have any effect on your parents working tax credits.

JSA
Age Amount
Aged 16 - 24 £51.85
Aged 25 or over £65.45

Edited by: "boabbyrab" 23rd Mar 2011

Try get more hours with the part time job ?

bykergrove

No. be a man and earn your own money.


Irony overload

These avatar changes are confuddling me

I find it strange the "can't find a job" comments. If your unskilled and uneducated maybe but if you have an education you could walk into many sales jobs. Recruitment, estate agency, phone sales, car sales are always looking due to high turnover,

when I left uni I went on JSA for 2 months while looking for a job, pretty decent actually, got about £110 every 2 weeks also they helped try and find me a job

i work part time and its not worth it ! i would be better of on jsa but i would be bored silly sat at home all time and i dont really wanna be on dole lol

OP What qualification do you have ? and what kind of field of work are you looking for ?

Alot of people coming out of uni feel as if they deserve 25k+ jobs and turn all others down, not saying your one of them but just remember everyone has to start somewhere

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DannyM

Try get more hours with the part time job ?


They have no more hours to offer at the moment. Basically I have been doing weekends whilst I was at uni and still with them.

Rubbish you can't find a job as a grad, absolute cobblers, I have okay qualfications, for three months I got up at 5am got a hour and half journey bus and train to work to do manual back breaking labour every month, codwallops you can't get a job as a grad.

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KapA

when I left uni I went on JSA for 2 months while looking for a job, … when I left uni I went on JSA for 2 months while looking for a job, pretty decent actually, got about £110 every 2 weeks also they helped try and find me a job


Did they help you find the job you were after?

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boothy

Irony overload



Indeed.

Did they help you find the job you were after?



The important bit there, looking for a specific job, doesnt mean that you cant get a job mate, dont usually sympathise with grads who complain about not being able to get "the job that their after".

Sorry mate, maybe tell us what your qualifications are and people can put pointers in for different career paths for you ?

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DannyM

OP What qualification do you have ? and what kind of field of work are … OP What qualification do you have ? and what kind of field of work are you looking for ? Alot of people coming out of uni feel as if they deserve 25k+ jobs and turn all others down, not saying your one of them but just remember everyone has to start somewhere


BA in Accounts so looking for accounting jobs but not much opportunity in my area. Have been applying but competition is high. I'm not expecting £25k in this current job market but working p/t @ 5.93 does not exactly make up for the £15000 uni debt

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ele-font

BA in Accounts so looking for accounting jobs but not much opportunity in … BA in Accounts so looking for accounting jobs but not much opportunity in my area. Have been applying but competition is high. I'm not expecting £25k in this current job market but working p/t @ 5.93 does not exactly make up for the £15000 uni debt



So you're an accountant, but you came on here to ask people if you would be financially better off on the dole?

Ahhh with accountancy there are oppertunities to do experience in england with one of the big firms, cant remember the name, but its a big firm, they do this throughout university and also for graduates, it can lead to a job in the end.
Thing is with accountancy it always needed, no matter where, within every company theres an accountant or its outsourced to a firm but theres alot of chancesfor different jobs than what are expected.

Sorry if its not much help the now, but maybe get the CV in shape, bit of volunteering work, extra skills work, stuff that stands out kind of thing. Thats how i got my job, CV's got to look half decent at a glance to make people want to read all the way through it.

Again apologies for little help, but dont usually sympathise with graduates, guess you got me on a good day

why do people think the dole is a choice?! Its for people who really need it not people who can't be bothered. Mcy's always looking for someone. Better than the dole?! THIS IS WHY THIS COUNTRY IS SO ******* UP.

Stocky

why do people think the dole is a choice?! Its for people who really need … why do people think the dole is a choice?! Its for people who really need it not people who can't be bothered. Mcy's always looking for someone. Better than the dole?! THIS IS WHY THIS COUNTRY IS SO ******* UP.



People who need it, please tell me who these are, because thats such a silly statement, people need money in all different ways.

I work part time, I could think I would be better off on the dole especially as I have kids.
But I work so I have my own hard earnt money even if its only £6.85 an hour!! I am stuck in a job I didnt intend to do as a career, but it pays, workers are friendly and it means I dont have to sign on with half the scumbags I see going in the job centre each week.

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FilthAndFurry

So you're an accountant, but you came on here to ask people if you would … So you're an accountant, but you came on here to ask people if you would be financially better off on the dole?


Im not an accountant, Im a grad in accountancy. One has to be qualified to be an accountant.
The reason for my question was, am I better off on JSA helping me find a job (I'm educated for), not just financially? I would sacrifice the extra £160 per month if JSA is worth it.

ele-font

Did they help you find the job you were after?



Yea they did, I did quite a specific degree so had to be flexible but I had access to loads of local jobs which was good, found them to be actually very helpful, I was probably a breath of freshair to what they usually get staggering in there on a daily basis

Jobcentre was useless when I went there, most not all were just chavs in tracksuits or scum clothing

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ele-font

Im not an accountant, Im a grad in accountancy. One has to be qualified … Im not an accountant, Im a grad in accountancy. One has to be qualified to be an accountant. The reason for my question was, am I better off on JSA helping me find a job (I'm educated for), not just financially? I would sacrifice the extra £160 per month if JSA is worth it.



If you want honest advice, stick with the job.

It will look better to an employer if you show you have the self-respect and pride to go out and earn your money rather than going on the dole.

FilthAndFurry

If you want honest advice, stick with the job. It will look better to an … If you want honest advice, stick with the job. It will look better to an employer if you show you have the self-respect and pride to go out and earn your money rather than going on the dole.



But getting JSA frees up time to go out and get a better job

But getting JSA frees up time to go out and get a better job



Because 152 hours a week isnt enough . . .

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KapA

But getting JSA frees up time to go out and get a better job



OP works part-time. That leaves plenty of time to check online, go to the recruitment consultants and even target specific companies.

fmgod- i'm sorry, maybe you think a graduate with no dependents deserves £56 a week for doing nothing. need and want are too completely different words.

Original Poster

Guys, I Just read the criteria for JSA eligibility.
•working less than 16 hours per week on average

Does this mean I can claim JSA and keep my work hours? Surely not?

if you walk out of your job i dont think you would get jsa anyways

Guys, I Just read the criteria for JSA eligibility.•working less than 16 h … Guys, I Just read the criteria for JSA eligibility.•working less than 16 hours per week on averageDoes this mean I can claim JSA and keep my work hours? Surely not?



I dont know if you can, doesnt sound like a proper thing but id check it out, and stay away from jsa as has been said before, can look bad for an employer to see

ele-font

Guys, I Just read the criteria for JSA eligibility.•working less than 16 h … Guys, I Just read the criteria for JSA eligibility.•working less than 16 hours per week on averageDoes this mean I can claim JSA and keep my work hours? Surely not?



That's interesting... I only work 12 hours a week

ele-font

Guys, I Just read the criteria for JSA eligibility.•working less than 16 h … Guys, I Just read the criteria for JSA eligibility.•working less than 16 hours per week on averageDoes this mean I can claim JSA and keep my work hours? Surely not?



Says "less than 16" and you do 16. So no. Unless you drop to 15

but why would you get Job Seeker's Allowance if you already have a job? Forgive my naivety. I know nothing about benefits (and hopefully will never have to look into how they work)
Edited by: "oldmanhouse" 23rd Mar 2011

DannyM

I dont know if you can, doesnt sound like a proper thing but id check it … I dont know if you can, doesnt sound like a proper thing but id check it out, and stay away from jsa as has been said before, can look bad for an employer to see



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