Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
By law, employers must pay Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to employees and workers when they meet eligibility conditions, including when:
- they've been off sick for at least 4 days in a row, including non-working days
- they earn on average at least £120 a week, before tax
- they’ve told their employer within any deadline the employer has set or within 7 days
Agency, casual and zero-hours workers can get SSP if they meet the eligibility conditions.
Find the full SSP eligibility conditions on GOV.UK.
Coronavirus and Statutory Sick Pay
Employees and workers must receive any SSP due to them if they need to self-isolate because of coronavirus.
Employees who are in self-isolation need to follow their workplace’s usual sickness reporting process.
Employees can 'self-certify' for the first 7 days off work. This means following their workplace process but not having to get a note from a doctor or NHS 111.
Those self-isolating due to coronavirus for more than 7 days can get an online self-isolation note from the:
How much Statutory Sick Pay is
SSP is £95.85 a week and can be paid for up to 28 weeks. SSP must be paid from the fourth day of sickness.
The first 3 days of sickness
The first 3 days of sickness do not have to be paid. Check your employment contract or workplace’s policy to see if they are paid or unpaid.
More about Statutory Sick Pay
You can find: