What is Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)?

What is SSP?

SSP is Statutory Sick Pay, this is something your employer is expected to pay in the instance that you are too unwell to work. You might be entitled to £95.85 per week Statutory Sick Pay, for up to 28 weeks – both factors are based on your circumstance.

Who is eligible?

  • You must be an ‘employee’ and have actively worked for your employer before being sick
  • You must earn at least £120 per week, on average
  • You must have been ill, self-isolating or ‘shielding’ for a minimum of four days in a row (including non-working days)
  • Agency workers are entitled to SSP

This doesn’t count for those who are already receiving Statutory Maternity pay, or have been put on ‘furlough’… or have already had 28 weeks of sick pay.

How can you claim?

You just ask your employer.

Your employer may ask for proof, in which case you need to get a ‘sick/fit note’ from your GP or hospital doctor. If you have been told to stay at home by the NHS or GP, this letter is enough proof. If you have been told to self-isolate, you can get an ‘isolation note’ online from NHS 111, here.

Note: you only have to give your employer a sick/fit note if you are off sick for more than 7 days in a row.

If your employer refuses you SSP, and you are not satisfied by the decision, you can call HMRC on 03000 560 630 (HMRC statutory payment dispute team) – the call may incur charges, check before you call.