Coronavirus & your money

Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory Sick Pay

What is Statutory Sick Pay?
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is paid by employers to employees who cannot work due to illness. If you’re claiming SSP for coronavirus, you’ll be able to claim from the first day you’re self-isolating. SSP is paid by your employer and you can be paid £94.25 per week.

Non-coronavirus related sickness
If you are eligible and claiming SSP for sickness not related to coronavirus you will be paid £94.25 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 only get paid for waiting days if you’ve already received SSP within the last 8 weeks, and that included a 3-day waiting period.

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 £118 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
If you are in self-isolation you need to 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.

If you are self-isolating due to coronavirus for more than 7 days you can get an online self-isolation note from the:

It’s a good idea to check your workplace’s policy on absence from work. Your employers should be flexible if asking for self-isolation notes because you might not be able to get a note straight away if you are very unwell.

If you are not eligible or your SSP ends
You may be able to apply for Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).