A Quick Guide to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

SSP stands for Statutory Sick Pay. If you qualify then your employer must pay this amount. If you don’t qualify your employer will issue you with an SSP 1 Form.

To qualify for SSP you must:

  • Have a contract of employment
  • Have been sick for 4 or more days in a row. This is known as a period of incapacity for work.
  • Earn above the Lower Earnings Limit.
  • Give the correct notice
  • Give your employer proof of your illness, only after 7 days.

You may not be eligible for SSP if:

  • You have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks)
  • Are getting Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or Maternity Allowance
  • Are off work for a pregnancy related illness in the 4 weeks before the week the baby is due
  • Were in custody or on strike on the first day of sickness
  • Are working outside the EU and you’re not liable for your national insurance contributions
  • You received employment and support allowance within 12 weeks of starting or returning to work

If you are not eligible then you must receive an SSP1 form within 7 days.