Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

What you'll get

You can get £95.85 a week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for up to 28 weeks.

If you’re off work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

You’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus if you have a letter from the NHS or your GP telling you to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.

You can start getting SSP from 16 April 2020.

You can then get SSP for each day the NHS or your GP says you have to stay at home - up to 28 weeks.

If you’re self-isolating because you or someone you live with has symptoms

You must self-isolate for at least 4 days to be eligible for SSP.

You can get SSP for every day you were self-isolating if you started on or after 13 March.

If you started self-isolating before 13 March, you can get SSP from:

  • the fourth day you were sick - if you had coronavirus symptoms
  • 13 March - if you were self-isolating because someone you live with had symptoms

Check you’re eligible for SSP.

If you’re off sick for another reason

You can get SSP from the fourth day you’re off sick.

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.

Check you’re eligible for SSP.

How you’re paid

SSP is paid by your employer in the same way as your normal wages, for example weekly or monthly.

If you have more than one job you may get SSP from each employer.

Tax and National Insurance will be deducted.

If you think you are not getting the right amount of SSP, talk to your employer. If you’re still not happy, contact the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) enquiry line.