Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

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What you'll get

You can get £96.35 a week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for up to 28 weeks.

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

How many days you can get SSP for depends on why you’re off work.

If you’re self-isolating because you or someone you live with has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19

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 COVID-19 symptoms
  • 13 March - if you were self-isolating because someone you live with had symptoms

Check you’re eligible for SSP.

If you’re self-isolating because of contact with someone with COVID-19

You should self-isolate if you’ve been notified by the NHS or public health authorities that you’ve come into contact with someone with COVID-19.

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 from 28 May.

If you’re self-isolating because someone in your ‘support bubble’ or extended household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19

You should self-isolate if someone in your ‘support bubble’ (or your ‘extended household’ if you live in Scotland or Wales) has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.

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 from 6 July.

You are not eligible for SSP for any days away from work before 6 July.

If you’re self-isolating before surgery

If you’ve been advised by your doctor or a healthcare professional to self-isolate before going into hospital for surgery, you can get SSP.

You must self-isolate for at least 4 days (including non-working days) to be eligible for SSP.

You can get SSP for every day you are self-isolating.

You are not eligible for SSP for any day you were self-isolating before 26 August.

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.