You can get £95.85 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.
You must be eligible for SSP.
You cannot get less than the statutory amount. You can get more if your company has a sick pay scheme (or ‘occupational scheme’) - check your employment contract.
There are different sick pay rules for agricultural workers.
There’s a separate guide on Statutory Sick Pay if you’re an employer.
If you cannot work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
You could get SSP if you cannot work and you’re:
- self-isolating because you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms
- self-isolating because you’ve been notified by the NHS or public health authorities that you’ve come into contact with someone with coronavirus
- staying at home because you’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus - this is called ‘shielding’
You cannot get SSP if you’re self-isolating after entering or returning to the UK and do not need to self-isolate for any other reason.
You could get SSP for every day you’re off work.
If your illness is not related to coronavirus
If your illness is not related to coronavirus, you can get SSP from the fourth day you are off work sick.