Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

This page was last updated on 12 April at 11.15

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot changed today (12 April). However, many restrictions remain in place.

  • You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies.
  • You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. Social distancing is still very important.
  • You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.
  • You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.

If you are absent from work because you are required to self-isolate, or because you have contracted the Coronavirus, you will either be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Occupational Sick Pay.

Whether you are entitled to SSP or OSP depends on where you work, and what your contract says. Only 30% of workers will have OSP where they work, this tends to be public sector employers and larger private employers.

You will only get SSP if your normal earnings are more than £118 a week and it is only paid at £96.35 a week (from 6 April 2021, or £94.85 before) which is significantly lower than the national minimum wage. If you are self-employed you cannot claim SSP.

Trade unions and the Labour Party are campaigning for SSP to be increased and for it to be extended to all workers.

SSP and Coronavirus

If you are off work due to having Coronavirus symptoms, or because you have been diagnosed with the disease, or because you are self-isolating you are now entitled to SSP. The entitlement has been back-dated to 13 March and is payable from the first day of absence.

For Coronavirus related absence you do not need to get a Fit Note from your GP, you can instead get an Isolation Note online via NHS 111.

Get an Isolation Note from NHS 111

These changes were brought into law on 28 March through the Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations 2020.

SSP and non-Coronavirus related absence

If you are ill and unable to be at work for a non-Coronavirus related condition or illness then the normal rules about SSP apply. You will require a fit note from your GP for any absence longer than 7 days and you will only be entitled to SSP from the fourth day of absence.