Statutory Sick Pay – Employee Overview


If you are off work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

You may be eligible for statutory sick pay:

  • If you are Self-isolating due to having symptoms
  • If you’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

You’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus if you have a letter from the NHS or your GP telling you to stay at home for at least 12 weeks. You can start getting SSP from 16 April 2020. You can then get SSP for each day the NHS or your GP says you have to stay at home – up to 28 days.

If your illness is not related to coronavirus

If your illness is not related to coronavirus, you can get SSP from the fourth day you are off work sick.

If you’re self-isolating because you or someone you live with has symptoms

You must self-isolate for at least 4 days to be eligible for SSP.

You can get SSP for every day you were self-isolating if you started on or after 13 March.

If you started self-isolating before 13 March, you can get SSP from:

  • The fourth day you were sick – if you had coronavirus symptoms
  • 13 March – if you were self-isolating because someone you live with had symptoms

Check you’re eligible for SSP.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is granted from day 1 of an absence rather than day 4 and the Government will reimburse small employers for up to 2-weeks of SSP per eligible employee. You can get £95.85 per week SSP if you’re too ill to work, paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

The extended SSP will be available for all those who are advised to self-isolate, even if they haven’t yet presented with symptoms. Employers will ask for an isolation or sick note, which the individual can complete at NHS 111 online.

People who are advised to self-isolate for COVID-19 will be able to obtain an alternative to the fit note to cover this by contacting NHS 111, rather than visiting a doctor and can be used by employees where their employers require evidence. The eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of Statutory Sick Pay to those staying at home/self-isolating comes into force.


This article was written by Prydis

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