(below is a copypasta of what i posted in the supply forum) In a nutshell, i'm working supply as i had a1 year contract at a school i wasn't happy with, i left the contract and signed up with a supply agency to make sure i would have some money till i worked out what i was going to do next (i was ready to walk from teaching). Had a nice time at that school and my confidence was rebuilt and by the end of the academic year i was ready to look for teaching jobs again, which is about when I started claiming JSA when there was no work. Come sept and I get a part time long term contract job, which works out better for me than being on the dole so i sign off during term time. I sign back on over half term no problems but then i go to sign back on today and the woman that dealt with me was saying that because i'd have a regular pattern of when i was working and when i wasn't working i'd probably not get JSA. She did the paperwork anyway and it's gone off for some decision thing but as you might understand i'm a little bit annoyed by this. I tried telling her i'm doing supply because it means i'm not on the dole whilst i look for a permanent job, but apparently because of the fact we're paid differently to perm teachers i'm on a higher rate to account for holidays so like school canteen staff i would not be eligable for JSA. I'm fortunate that I know my part time long term job will run until the end of feb but beyond that I've no idea what will happen. Chances are the person i'm covering for will be off for a while but as i'm sure you're all aware there is no real guarenty in that. I think the thing that's really annoyed me the most is if i hadn't taken this long term job the JC would be chasing me to find out what work i've been looking for and chastising me if i didn't accept work!! So it's either work when i can and not be eligable for help when i need it or be one of the feckless mooched on JSA* that could work but opts not to! *I specifically mean what i say, those that could work but opt to avoid it, i know there are plent on JSA that would love to work.