Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): employer guide


Your employees may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), which is £95.85 a week for up to 28 weeks.

You can offer more if you have a company sick pay scheme (you cannot offer less). Company schemes are also called ‘contractual’ or ‘occupational’ sick pay and must be included in an employment contract.

If your employee is off work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

You must pay an employee SSP if they are off work for at least 4 days because either:

  • they have coronavirus symptoms
  • they are self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms
  • they have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks (called ‘shielding’)

You must pay them from the first ‘qualifying day’ they are off work if the period of sickness started on or after:

  • 13 March 2020 - if your employee has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms
  • 16 April 2020 - if your employee is shielding

A ‘qualifying day’ is a day an employee usually works on.

Reclaiming SSP

You may be able to reclaim up to 2 weeks’ SSP you’ve paid to employees who cannot work because they have coronavirus or are self-isolating or shielding because of coronavirus.

Holiday (or ‘annual leave’)

Statutory annual leave is accrued while the employee is off work sick (no matter how long they’re off) and can be taken during sick leave.