Clarification of The 16 Hour Rule with New Style JSA
I am a PAYE freelancer, so have gone from March until now with £0 income or furlough. I managed to get onto new style JSA about a month ago which has helped my situation a little. I wasn’t expecting my job to start back up again until Oct, so have been looking for new jobs, but out of the blue have been asked by my old employer if I’m available for some last minute shifts. This is likely to be 1-3 days a week and will vary sporadically week to week, i.e they might ask me in 3 days in one week, but then not again for another 3 weeks.
The JSA t&cs states you can work up to 16 hours per week and remain on the scheme. My understanding is that the JSA amount is docked per £ you earn, which is fine. My concern is how they calculate the 16 hour rule. Is it capped at 16 hours every week, or is it averaged over a time period? I’m worried that if I accepted 3 days work one week, and then wasn’t asked to come in again for another 3, I’d be kicked off the JSA scheme and out of pocket compared to if I just worked a max of 2 days. Can anyone shed any light onto this?
Also, if I accept any work, do I have to manually declare this to them, or do they know from my tax/paylsip and adjust accordingly? I know when I applied I wrote down my employer's name and address and wrote the average amount of hours I was doing with them (0..), so they are aware that I 'have' an employer. Job centres are currently closed, and I have not been given a work coach (or any information at all really), so I feel a bit in the dark!
I’ve tried calling up two days in a row to ask but been on hold over and hour before getting cut off, so thought I’d try here too. Thanks for any advice.