Who can get statutory sick pay (SSP)?
To qualify for SSP, an employee or agency worker must:
- Be classed as an employee and have done some work for the employer
- Have been ill for at least 4 days in a row, including non-working days (the pay will kick in on the 4th day)
- Earn an average of at least £123 per week
- Inform you that they're ill before any deadlines the employer has set, or within 7 days if there is no deadline
Employees cannot get SSP if:
- They're already getting statutory maternity pay
- They're off work for other reasons than illness, for example self-isolation or looking after family members
See more details about eligibility on GOV.UK.
How much SSP can employees get?
They're entitled to £109.40 per week, for up to 28 weeks (this is up from £99.35 before 6 April 2023).