Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
You can get £99.35 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if unable to work due to illness. SSP is paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. You must be eligible for SSP, see below.
You must be paid no less than the statutory amount. You can get more if your company has a contractual sick pay scheme (or ‘occupational scheme’) - check your employment contract.
Casual, short-term and zero hour contracts
Self-employed agency workers
Employees do not qualify for SSP if they:
Have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks)
Are getting Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance - there are special rules for pregnant women and new mothers who do not get these payments
Are off work for a pregnancy-related illness in the 4 weeks before the week (Sunday to Saturday) that their baby is due
Were in custody or on strike on the first day of sickness (including any linked periods)
Are working outside the EU and you’re not liable for their National Insurance contributions
Received Employment and Support Allowance within 12 weeks of starting or returning to work for you
What will you get?
How are you paid?
SSP is paid by your employer in the same way as your normal wages, for example weekly or monthly.