Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Overview

You can get £95.85 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.

Eligibility

To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) you must:

  • Be classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer
  • Earn an average of at least £120 per week
  • You will need to follow your employer's policies for evidencing ill health but you can self-certify for 7 days
  • COVID-19 - Have been ill, self-isolating or ‘shielding’ for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days)
  • COVID -19 - You can obtain a fit note form the NHS website

What will you get?

You can get £95.85 a week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for up to 28 weeks.

If you are off work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

You are at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus if you have a letter from the NHS or your GP telling you to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.

You can start getting SSP from 16 April 2020.

You can then get SSP for each day the NHS or your GP says you have to stay at home - up to 28 weeks.

If you are self-isolating because you or someone you live with has symptoms

You must self-isolate for at least 4 days to be eligible for SSP.

You can get SSP for every day you were self-isolating if you started on or after 13 March.

If you started self-isolating before 13 March, you can get SSP from:

  • the fourth day you were sick - if you had coronavirus symptoms
  • 13 March - if you were self-isolating because someone you live with had symptoms

If you are off sick for another reason

  • You can get SSP from the fourth day you are off sick.
  • The days you are off sick when you normally would have worked are called ‘qualifying days’. If you are eligible, you will get SSP for all your qualifying days, except for the first 3. These are called ‘waiting days’.
  • You only get paid for waiting days if you have already received SSP within the last 8 weeks, and that included a 3 day waiting period.

How are you paid?

  • SSP is paid by your employer in the same way as your normal wages, for example weekly or monthly.
  • If you have more than one job you may get SSP from each employer.
  • Tax and National Insurance will be deducted.

If you think you are not getting the right amount of SSP, talk to your employer. If you’re still not happy, contact the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) enquiry line.

What if I am not entitled?

If you find that you are not eligible for SSP, you might be entitled to Universal Credit or Employment Support Allowance and other benefits. Free online benefit calculators are available to check what you might be entitled to.