Unemployment in Scotland Rate is around 8.1 percent, just above the UK average unemployment rate of 8 percent.
Unemployment in Edinburgh is very low at 3.6 percent. The city has the fastest rate of permanent appointment growth.
The unemployed can apply for a Jobseeker's Allowance and other benefits. Estimates of the benefit can be calculated using the benefit calculator
There are two types of Jobseeker's Allowance:
Contribution-based: If you have paid enough National Insurance contributions (NICs) you are eligible for this form. Jobcentre Plus can pay this for up to 182 days. Generally, self-employed contributions will not help you qualify for contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
The maximum weekly rate is 65.45 GBP for people aged 25 and over (16 - 24 year old's receive 51.85 GBP).
Income-based: This Jobseeker's Allowance is based on your income and savings. You may get this if you have not paid enough NICs (or you've only paid contributions for self-employment) and you're on a low income.
The maximum weekly rate for
Single people, aged under 25 - 51.85 GBP Single people, aged 25 or over - 65.45 GBP Couples and civil partnerships (both aged 18 or over) - 102.75 GBP Lone parent (aged under 18) - 51.85 GBP Lone parent (aged 18 or over) - 65.45 GBP
Those claiming a Jobseeker's Allowance first need to attend an interview at the Jobcentre. An advisor meets with the applicant and discusses aid such as :
To keep receiving benefits, the unemployed needs to attend regular job search reviews (about every two weeks). Reviews are extended after 13 weeks of receiving benefits. After six months receiving benefits, a "restart interview" with a personal adviser is required.
After returning to work, people will continue to receive benefits for a transition period.
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