Minimum income requirement

People who have been granted unemployment benefit from before 1 July 2019 must have had earned income from one or more paid employment relationships of at least 1.5G (the National Insurance basic amount) in the previous year, or at least 3G in the last three completed calendar years to be entitled to unemployment benefit.

People who apply for unemployment benefit from on or after 1 July 2019 must have had earned income from one or more paid employment relationships of at least 1.5G (the National Insurance basic amount) in the last 12 completed calendar months, or at least 3G in the last 36 completed calendar months to be entitled to unemployment benefit.

Income from paid employment means money you were paid as compensation for work performed in accordance with a contract of employment with an employer. The national insurance benefits parental benefit, pregnancy benefit and pregnancy-related sickness benefit are equivalent to earned income and are included as part of your income. Other benefits paid by NAV, compensation from certain labour market schemes, investment income (dividends, lease income, etc.) and self-employment income do not count as income toward unemployment benefit eligibility.

A single source of income can only qualify you for unemployment benefit for one benefit period of either 52 or 104 weeks. This means that if you find employment, and then become unemployed again after the benefit period has expired, you must have accumulated a new minimum income of 1.5 G to apply for unemployment benefits a second time.

Please note that there are special rules concerning minimum income for those who have recently been dismissed from their initial service in the armed forces.