Help you can get as a job seeker
If you're claiming Income Support, you will be expected to actively seek work.
We'll contact you and arrange a meeting with an employment adviser. You will be offered training and support based on your needs, and work opportunities that are right for you.
You will receive this through:
- Work Zone, supporting all unemployed people
- Work Right, supporting anyone with barriers to work
- Advance to Work, training scheme supporting people aged 16 to 24
- Advance Plus, training scheme supporting people of any age
Advance to Work
How to find a job
Registering to receive email alerts about new jobs
You must also register with MyGov to receive daily emails about new job vacancies.
What you'll be expected to do
To receive the full amount of Income Support that you’re entitled to, you’re expected to find work (this includes people who are expected to take up part time work, depending on their circumstances).
Your employment adviser will ask you to sign a jobseeker's agreement which will outline the steps you’ll need to take to find work and also help to identify any support you may need with this.
You will be expected to:
- keep a record of what you do to find work
- attend appointments to confirm you are available for, and actively seeking, work
- discuss your search for work with your employment adviser
- sign a declaration regarding any work that you have done
- identify all opportunities that are available
- attend appropriate training courses
If you don't do enough to look for work
Your benefit may be reduced if you don't do enough to look for work.
Income Support: what happens if you leave your job or fail to look for work
If you start or finish a job
If you receive Income Support and you start or finish a job, or your pay or hours change, you have to let us know.
To tell us about any employment changes, use the form below.Tell Income Support about your employment changes
If you're unemployed but not claiming Income Support
You can still get help from us.
Come to Ready for Work in the Social Security Department and you'll be given support to look for work.