If you work for an employer and take time off sick, you may be able to get sick pay. This could be:
- Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – money that most workers can get if they are off work sick.
- Occupational or company sick pay – your employer’s own sick pay scheme. If they have one, it will be written into your contract. It may be more generous than SSP. Some employers pay staff in full for a certain amount of sick days.
Your employer will pay you SSP for up to 28 weeks. The weekly amount is currently £89.35. You can claim if you:
- are off work sick for four days in a row or more (including non-working days)
- have been earning £113 or more a week for the past eight weeks.
Before your SSP is due to end, your employer should give you a form called SSP1. This form will tell you when the last payment will be. It will also give you information about applying for a benefit called Employment and Support Allowance.
Speak to your manager or HR department to find out what sick pay they offer, and how to claim.
If you are self-employed
If you cannot get sick pay because you are self-employed, you can still apply for other benefits. For example, if your income drops you may be able to get Employment and Support Allowance.
We have more information about self-employment and cancer, which you may find helpful.