To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) you must:
- be classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer
- have been ill for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days)
- earn at least £109 (before tax) per week
- tell your employer you’re sick before their deadline - or within 7 days if they don’t have one
Agency workers are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay.
You won’t qualify if you:
- have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks)
- have taken 3 years or more ‘linked periods’ of sickness - where 4 or more days of sickness happen within 8 weeks of each other
- are getting Statutory Maternity Pay
You can still qualify if you started your job recently and you haven’t received 8 weeks’ pay yet. Ask your employer to find out more.
Fit notes (or sick notes)
You only have to give your employer a doctor’s fit note if you miss more than 7 days of work.
If you’re not eligible
If you don’t qualify for SSP, your employer must give you form SSP1 within 7 days of your illness.
You can use this to apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) instead.