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If you’re experiencing any problems with Jobseeker’s Allowance, or simply have a query for Jobcentre Plus that you are unable to get answered elsewhere, start by contacting them on 0843 515 9429

The arm of the Department of Work and Pensions that deals with those who are unemployed and out-of-work – or even merely searching for further employment – the Jobcentre Plus has become one of the most used benefits services in Britain over the course of the past few years.

With unemployment figures soaring from the record lows of a decade or so ago, many people who previously had stable, well-paying jobs are now finding themselves out of work – which, teamed with high youth employment – means that many people are now needing to get in contact with the Jobcentre Plus for a variety of reasons.

When is my local Jobcentre Plus branch open?

Although there are slight variations from branch to branch, all Jobcentre Plus locations now operate around the core opening hours of 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, and are closed at weekends. Some branches may still operate late opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – however, most have stopped this practice since the introduction of austerity measures by the government.

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If you are unable to attend your local branch for whatever reason – or even if you would simply prefer for your matter to be dealt with centrally – the Jobcentre helpline currently operates hours of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. This is the recommended method for claimants to get in touch with the Department for Work and Pensions for queries and complaints in regards to Jobseeker’s Allowance.

What can Jobcentre Plus do for me – and when are these services available?

Though it is most known for giving out Jobseeker’s Allowance (also known as JSA, or colloquially as dole money), there are a variety of services available through Jobcentre Plus that a lot of people may simply be unaware of. Far from simply handing out benefits to the unemployed, it also acts as a key way at giving those who are most vulnerable the skills and desire to get back into work.

Jobcentre Plus training schemes

Though there has been much controversy in recent times over the Jobcentre Plus implementing a scheme where people would have to work in order to earn their JSA benefits (or risk having their claim stopped), they also attempt to make huge inroads with improving the skills of those who are not in education, employment or training. As well as running their own training schemes (where they teach skills such as how to be successful in a job interview), they can also give advice on private training programmes and apprenticeship schemes – getting in contact with Jobcentre Plus is the best way to find out about these opportunities.

These schemes are generally run within typical Jobcentre Plus opening hours, and staff with inform you of their operating times when you are booked onto the scheme.

Finding work through Jobcentre Plus

Another thing that job centres offer is an easy way for businesses of any size to list their current vacancies. These listings are available to view – regardless of whether you are claiming benefits or not – through the Jobcentre Plus website, or through one of the many terminals in any physical Jobcentre Plus branch. If you are signing on for Jobseeker’s Allowance, your job advisor will do their best to pair you up with the roles most suited to your skills and employment history from these listings.

As this is an online service that is not reliant on customer service staff being able to manage demand, those seeking work are able to view vacancies through the Jobcentre Plus website at any time of the day, any day of the year.

Signing on for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) at Jobcentre Plus

Though they do offer other services, the main reason for people to get in contact with Jobcentre Plus is order to make a claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). Aimed at providing funds for those who are currently seeking work in order for them to prolong their quest for employment, it is one of the most vital and hotly contested benefits in the UK – though this vehement opposition looks to have cooled as the government reduce unemployment figures.

A claimants schedule for signing on will be agreed upon at the time a JSA claim begins. Normally, this will be between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday at a local Jobcentre Plus branch.

Of course, there are many reasons that anyone may need to phone Jobcentre Plus, and those listed above are only a few of the thousands of different things that cause people dial them up every day. If you have any query – large or small – the helpful staff who work at the Jobcentre Plus contact centre will strive to aid you.

If you need to get in contact with Jobcentre Plus, we advise that you start by phoning them on 0843 515 9429.

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