Self-isolation for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sick pay for self-isolation

Staff must be paid at least Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they cannot work because they're self-isolating for any of the following reasons:

  • they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive
  • they are not fully vaccinated and someone in their household has symptoms or has tested positive
  • they are told to self-isolate by an NHS test and trace service
  • they have been advised by their doctor to stay at home before going into hospital for surgery

To be eligible for SSP, they must be off work for at least 4 days in a row, including any of their usual non-working days.

They're entitled to be paid at least SSP for every day they're off work. This is different to the usual rules for SSP where the first 3 days are unpaid.

Employers might offer more than SSP – 'contractual' sick pay. Check your employment contract or workplace's policy to see if your organisation pays more than SSP.

Find out more about sick pay

Pay for self-isolating or quarantine after travel

Employees or workers are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they're in self-isolation or quarantine after travel abroad and they cannot work from home. But an employer can choose to pay them sick pay – at the same rate as SSP or a higher rate – if they want to.

Find out more about self-isolating after returning to the UK

Support for employers

Some employers can claim back up to 2 weeks' SSP they've paid to anyone because of COVID-19. This only applies to employees who were off work on or before 30 September 2021.

Find out more about claiming back SSP due to COVID-19 on GOV.UK

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