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Would you commute 4 hours for 2 Half Days work paying £16 per hour or stay on Benefits?

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ChesterDraws17 Thu 06-Apr-17 15:34:49

I'm finding it hard to get another job. this current one is six or eight hours a week. The work is admin. I'd be better off on benefits though? I get pip for my disabilities which means if I signed on to job seekers, I would get more than I earn. The travel leaves me exhausted and makes my pain worse. I hate hate hate the idea of going near a job centre though.

How can that be right? I'm really frustrated and miserable. Wish I didn't exist. All I do is panic because I'm here using up resources, needing food and a place to live and so much medical attention, and can't seem to pay my own way.

WorraLiberty Thu 06-Apr-17 15:47:58

Why do you hate the thought of going near a jobcentre?

LadyPW Thu 06-Apr-17 15:51:15

It's easier to find a new job if you already have one. And that one might be miles better.

Huskylover1 Thu 06-Apr-17 15:53:14

I had to attend the Job Centre, after I took voluntary redundancy. I had been working for 27 years (ever since school), and had no idea what to expect! It's absolutely fine though. Everyone was lovely. What you are doing is commendable, but it's not sensible and it's not working for you. Sign on and find something more suitable, closer to home.

WankingMonkey Thu 06-Apr-17 15:54:34

I would work if I could. I don't really understand how anyone is better off on benefits than working? I have put my own circumstances through a few times and it always comes out that I would be much better off in work.

Also if you are on PIP, I assume you would be on ESA not jobseekers..either way if you are 'sick' I don't think you actually have to go to the jobcentre. Will have to face a horrendous 'medical' that cures you of everything though despite everything still being there...

WankingMonkey Thu 06-Apr-17 15:55:39

I'm finding it hard to get another job. this current one is six or eight hours a week.

I think you can actually sign on and do the job if its only 6-8 hours per week. Would be 'permitted work' can earn up to 100 quid or so if you are disabled

HopelesslydevotedtoGu Thu 06-Apr-17 16:00:18

Does the job have any opportunities for promotion, or being a stepping stone to something better? It's generally easier to find a job when you are in one already.

ChesterDraws17 Thu 06-Apr-17 16:08:04

Not really room for promotion. It was sold to me as there would be room for more hours but that's not happening and I can't even always count on 8.

It's draining to travel for 2 hours then only be given 2 hours work and have 2 hours travel home.

I can't get any of job seekers as I am working. If I was not working at all, because of my disability I would get something like £140 per week instead of the standard £75 or whatever it is. At the moment my average is around £100.

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ChesterDraws17 Thu 06-Apr-17 16:13:02

I need to try a bit harder? I'm interested - what have I said that indicates I'm not trying to the best of my ability?

I did indeed finish school. I have a degree. I also have a complex health profile of chronic illness.

BrieAndChilli Thu 06-Apr-17 16:15:10

I would just apply for work closer to home, there must be lots of stuff closer than 2 hours
It takes me 2 hours to travel from my house in South Wales to my sisters house in Plymouth!! There's hell of a lot in between!

crazycatguy Thu 06-Apr-17 16:15:10

I'm sick of the assumptions that everyone on benefits is a deadbeat loser.

Paid in for 20 years. Never taken a penny; lucky enough never to have needed to. Not everyone's in the same boat and that's what it's there for.

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SparklyUnicornPoo Thu 06-Apr-17 16:16:46

I travel an hour each way to a barely above minimum wage job for 2 hours a day, however it is a second job and I've not got any disabilities, in your situation it wouldn't seem worth it, especially if you are in pain.

I would look to see if you can sign on (I'm pretty sure you can with that few hours) so you would be better off and try and stick it out while you search for something closer, it is a lot easier to find work when you already have a job and signing on would mean you could look at slightly lower paid work closer to home, i'm guessing you are paying quite a lot on travel at the moment too, so slightly lower pay would probably equal out.

AllllGooone Thu 06-Apr-17 16:17:12

What is someone your age doing in a low wage occupation?. Did you finish school?

Did you not know people could be in low wage jobs living ? Or are they just the Jeremy Kyle types in your narrow mind?

TheClacksAreDown Thu 06-Apr-17 16:19:36

If you're in this role now and leave voluntarily would you even qualify for jsa?

Ragwort Thu 06-Apr-17 16:19:52

Missing the point but what sort of admin work pays £16 an hour?

MargaretCabbage Thu 06-Apr-17 16:21:06

Since when was £16 an hour a low wage, anyway, Living?

ChesterDraws17 Thu 06-Apr-17 16:21:31

I'm applying all over. I'm in a city. I think that obviously there's the advantage of there being more opportunities in a city but then it's still a numbers game and there's more people applying for everything.

Until about two weeks ago I was still hopeful this one would have room to get more hours. Sadly not.

ChesterDraws17 Thu 06-Apr-17 16:21:56

Admin with specialist knowledge that I do have some experience in.

SparklyUnicornPoo Thu 06-Apr-17 16:23:09

You need to try a bit harder to get a better job. What is someone your age doing in a low wage occupation?. Did you finish school?

You need to try a bit harder to think before you type! £16 an hour isn't even a low wage and OP had already said about disabilities!

Stormtreader Thu 06-Apr-17 16:26:42

I wouldnt do it. If your disability makes your pain worse and makes you exhausted, you'll find it much harder to get a job you can live on/with.

BitOutOfPractice Thu 06-Apr-17 16:27:37

living have you actually read the OP's posts? Maybe you didn't finish school since your reasoning and reading skills are sadly lacking. That's in addition to you having no heart or empathy either.

picklemepopcorn Thu 06-Apr-17 16:29:44

£16/hour is great, and will look good when you apply for more hours in a more convenient location. I get that it's awful, but if you see it as a step to something/somewhere else, it's worth it don't you think? I do two three hour mornings a week, it's 30mins each way, and I'm paid £10/hour. It would be more cost effective to do longer hours, but I'm learning loads and will apply for other jobs later.

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