Statutory Sick Pay
What is Statutory Sick Pay?
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is paid by employers to employees who cannot work due to illness. SSP is paid by your employer and if you are eligible and claiming SSP for sickness you will be paid £99.35 per week for up to 28 days.
The days you’re off sick when you normally would have worked are called ‘qualifying days’. If you’re eligible, you’ll get SSP for all your qualifying days, except for the first 3. These are called ‘waiting days’.
You’ll only be paid SSP for the first 3 working days you are off sick if either of the following apply:
- the period you were away from work started before 25 March 2022 and you were off sick because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- you received SSP within the last 8 weeks, and that already included a 3-day waiting period before you were paid SSP
Do I qualify for Statutory Sick Pay?
You qualify to receive SSP if you:
- are classed as an employee
- Have been ill for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days)
- earn an average of at least £123 per week
How do I make a claim?
Speak to your employer regarding your illness and say you wish to claim Statutory Sick Pay. You should tell your employer you’re sick within contract deadlines or within 7 days if they do not have one.
SSP is paid by your employer in the same way as your normal wages – weekly or monthly.
If your employer needs proof
Follow your workplace’s usual sickness reporting process.
You can ‘self-certify’ for the first 7 days off work. This means following your workplace process but not having to get a note from a doctor or NHS 111.
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