Statutory Sick Pay

What is Statutory Sick Pay?

Statutory Sick Pay is £116.75 per week. You’re entitled to Statutory Sick Pay if you’re too ill to work at your job. SSP is paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

Your employer have their own sick pay scheme, a ‘company’ or occupational sick pay scheme.

Not entitled to sick pay with the company scheme? You’re still entitled Statutory Sick Pay to receive Statutory Sick Pay from your employer.

Can I get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)?

If you’re working for an employer under a contract, you’re entitled to Statutory Sick Pay if the following apply:

  • you’re sick for at least four days in a row. This includes weekends and bank holidays and days that you wouldn’t normally work.
  • you’re earnings are normally above the lower limit £118. This will be increased to £120 a week from April 2020.

Can I get Statutory Sick Pay if I’ve just started a new job?

Yes, even if you’ve just started a new job, you’re entitled to the same amount of Statutory Sick Pay.

Can I get Statutory Sick Pay if I’m Self-employed?

If you’re self-employed, you’re not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay.

If you’re working on a zero hours contract, you may be entitled to SSP if you normally earn above the lower earnings limit.

How do I I find out if I’m above lower earnings limit for SSP?

Find the average of your gross earnings. Use the period between your last normal payday before SSP and a payday at least eight weeks before it. Your gross earnings are your earnings before tax and National Insurance.

How do I claim Statutory Sick Pay?

Your employer will be able to tell you how to claim Statutory Sick Pay.

Statutory Sick Pay is usually paid in the same way as your wages from your employer and into your bank account. If your employer can’t pay your Statutory Sick Pay they must give you a form SSP1. This will explain why the company can’t pay SSP. You can then contact the Jobcentre to ask about claiming Universal Credit.