What is Statutory Sick Pay?
Statutory sick pay (SSP) is money paid by the employers to their unwell employees, in case the employees are sick and incapable to work for a period of 4 days or more in a row (including non-working days). Employees are required to get qualified for achieving SSP.
Statutory sick pay is calculated on a weekly basis. There is a standard rate of SSP currently set at £89.35 per week. This daily rate is calculated by dividing the appropriate weekly rate by the number of days in the week that the employee normally works. For SSP purposes, a week always begins on Sunday.
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SSP is the minimum level of sick pay employers are obliged to pay to most employees who have been off sick for four or more consecutive days. The employer pays SSP as if it were normal pay, having deduced tax, national insurance contributions and any other deductions normally made from pay, e.g. pension contributions, trade union subscriptions and attachment of earnings.
You can get up to £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) when you’re too sick to work. The amount will be paid up to 28 weeks by the employer. You’ll never get less than the statutory amount. If a company has sick pay scheme or occupational scheme then the employee can get more payment. For every employee it’s advisable to check the employment contract to get the details about SSP that the company will provide.
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Age rules: There are no age rules
Type of benefit: Non means tested
Administered by: Your employer
Can I get Statutory Sick Pay?
Whether you’re a part-time worker or agency worker or working on a fixed term contract you should be eligible to get Statutory Sick Pay. But in order to qualify for the process your weekly average earning should be minimum £118. In case your earning is not enough as per the requirement or you’re a self-employed person, you could claim for Employment and Support Allowance as an alternate.
Who is entitled to sick pay?
A working person who is not self-employed is legally allowed to get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as long as you:
Have started working again with your employer
- are sick for complete 4 days or more in a row (along with non-working days)
- Your average weekly income is not less than £118 (before tax)
- do not comes under any of the unentitled groups
- follow the guidelines of your employer’s to achieve sick pay
- Still you’re allowed to SSP in case you work part-time or on a fixed-term agreement
If you’re an agency or casual worker and involved in working on a project at the time you get sick, you could be allowed to SSP till that project gets completed. In case you’re already contracted to any other project, you could be permitted to SSP till the end of that future project. You’re not allowed to SSP, in case you do not work while you get sick.
You’re still eligible for the sick pay when you’re on a zero hours agreement. You must have a clear conversation with your employer regarding the same. In case your employer disagrees to offer you the sick pay, you must ask him/her for the explanation. Once you’re not satisfied with the explanation you could ask for your nearest Citizens’ suggestion.
Check your contract
You might get an amount of £94.25 per week for up to 28 weeks with statutory sick pay, but your employer could pay your extra (they can’t pay you less). You must check your contract to properly understand what is written there about sick pay – This is known as ‘contractual sick pay’.
You should ask your employer or check your staff handbook on intranet in case you haven’t been given any contract.
Who isn’t entitled to Statutory Sick Pay
You won’t get SSP if you:
- are self-employed
- have already had SSP for 28 weeks (and the 28 weeks ended within the last 8 weeks)
- Had service and Support Allowance (ESA) in the past 12 weeks
- Receiving statutory maternity pay or maternity allowance
- If you’re pregnant, your baby is due in 4 weeks or less and your sickness is associated with pregnancy
- had a baby in the last 14 weeks (or the last 18 weeks in case your baby was born over 4 weeks early)
- If you’re in military service
- If any legal action has been taken against you (Police had taken you to the custody)
- If you’re an employee in agriculture (read about agricultural sick pay on GOV.UK)
Weekly rate for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is £94.25 till the 28 weeks. It is paid: