How does working as a Quality Checker affect benefits
Lots of people are worried about taking on a job as they don’t know how this might affect their benefits entitlement.
Everyone’s situation is different. The only way you can be sure how taking a job will affect your benefits is by asking Jobcentre Plus or a welfare rights service to organise a ‘better off in work’ calculation for you. They will look at all of your income and how this will change if you take a job. It means you know exactly how many hours of work you can do without worrying about being worse off.
The following example shows you how this works for one Quality Checker:
Steven is 18 years old. He lives in the family home. Steven was at college full-time before he started work. He received £30 per week in Education Maintenance Allowance. His total income was £130 per month.
Steven started work as a Quality Checker in February 2014. He works 16 hours per week as a Quality Checker and this is his only job. He is paid £7.85 per hour.
His total income is now £546 per month. Steven’s wages are his only income.
Steven is better off by £416 per month.