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Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

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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 £123 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

How much Statutory Sick Pay is

SSP is £99.35 a week. It can be paid for up to 28 weeks.

The first 3 days of sickness absence

If an employer only pays Statutory Sick Pay (SSP):

  • they do not have to pay SSP for the first 3 days of sickness absence
  • they must pay SSP from the fourth day of sickness absence

SSP is the minimum amount employers must pay. Check your employment contract or workplace's policy to see if your organisation pays more and whether the first 3 days of sickness absence are paid or unpaid.

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