Self-isolation for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sick pay for self-isolation

Staff could be entitled to 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
  • 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

If there's a disagreement over Statutory Sick Pay

Employees can raise disagreements with their employer about:

  • if SSP should be paid
  • how much SSP should be paid

It's usually best to raise the problem informally first.

If employees cannot resolve the disagreement, they can contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Contact the Statutory Payment Dispute Team at HMRC

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' Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) they've paid to anyone because of COVID-19. This applies to employees who were off work:

  • on or before 30 September 2021
  • on or after 21 December 2021

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

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