What is the JobCentre Plus?

The JobCenter Plus Offices can be found on most high streets

Jobcentre Plus is a government-funded employment agency and social security office that can be found in most cities, whose aim it is to help people of working age find employment in the UK. It was formed when the Employment Service merged with the Benefits Agency and was renamed Jobcentre Plus in 2002. It is a part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Jobcentre Plus provides resources to enable job-searchers to find work, through Jobpoints (touch-screen computer terminals), Jobseeker Direct (telephone service) and the Jobcentre Plus website. They offer information about training opportunities for the chronicly unemployed. They administer claims for benefits such as Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, and Jobseeker's Allowance.

Providing Assistance to the Unemployed

In the past, Jobcentre Plus helped those who were currently employed, as well as the unemployed. Now they only provide assistance to those who are unemployed and claiming benefits, though anyone can search for a job at the Jobcentre Plus website, touch screen Jobpoints or via Jobseeker Direct. Employers and employment agencies can register their vacancies online by calling Employer direct. These vacancies will be immediately listed through Jobpoints, Jobseeker Direct, and the Jobcentre Plus website.

thumbnailWhat is Income Support?
Income Support is available to UK residents aged 16 to 59 who unable to seek full time work.
thumbnailWhat is Job Seekers Allowance?
Jobseeker's allowance is the benefit paid to unemployed people who are actively looking for work.
thumbnailWhat are Job Fairs?
Job Fairs provide a great opportunity to meet many local employers.
thumbnailJobCentre Plus Offices
Where to find your local JobCentre Plus offices.
thumbnailWhat is Pathways to Work?
Pathways to Work helps people with disabilities or health conditions that make it difficult for them to find work.
thumbnailDisability Employment Advisors
If you have a health condition or a disability that affects your ability to work, JobCentre Plus offers a service for disabled workers by putting them in touch with a Disability Employment Advisor (DEA). Whether you have just lost your job or ha...
thumbnailHow to contact Jobcentre Plus
JobCentreGuide is an independent guide to JobCentre Plus services and NOT in any way affiliated with JobCentre Plus or other government bodies. If you have any queries or want to ask a question or make an appointment, you will need to contact th...
thumbnailHelp with moving from benefits to work – Getting Help
Your Jobcentre Plus work coach can help you by giving advice on the support available when returning back to work.
thumbnailHelp with moving from benefits to work – Starting Your Own Business
Your Jobcentre Plus work coach at your local Jobcentre Plus can tell you about resources which can help you to start your own business.
thumbnailHelp with moving from benefits to work – support when you start working
When you go back to work, this does not mean that you have to give up all of your benefits. Some benefits may carry on and there may be others available to you once you have started working.
thumbnailHelp with moving from benefits to work – Work Experience and Volunteering
Help with moving from benefits to work – Work Experience and Volunteering
thumbnailHelp with moving from benefits to work – Job Search Programmes
Jobcentre Plus can provide support to help you prepare for, find, and stay in work. They can give you training, guidance and work placement programmes, and schemes such as work experience, volunteering and job trialling. They can also support yo...