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permitted work, esa, averaging hours

idk123 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
I have the opportunity to do some work. Its 6 hours a week, for a ten week term, with 3 terms a year. The payment per hour would put me just over the permitted work allowance, is it possible I could get it averaged out as i would only be working 30 weeks a year and that would put me far under the allowance? The company are happy to pay me monthly instead of in term time chunks. Im scared and dont want to jeopardise my benefits as i really cant work more than the 6 hours. But it would be so beneficial to earn some extra money. I dont want to do anything wrong.


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,156 Disability Gamechanger
    There's no averaging earnings for permitted work. It's a maximum of £167/week and if you earn more than that then you will have no entitlement to ESA for those weeks.

    You mention being paid monthly, have you worked out that monthly pay as a weekly pay correctly? To do this you times it by 12 and then divide by 52.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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