If you work for an employer and take time off sick, you may be able to get sick pay. This could be one of the following.
- Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – money that most workers can get if they are too sick to work.
- Occupational or company sick pay – this is a company’s own sick pay scheme. If your employer has one, it will be written into your contract. It may give you more money by adding an extra amount to 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 £94.25.
You can claim if you:
- are off work sick for 4 days in a row or more (including non-working days)
- have been earning £118 or more a week for the past 8 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. You will need this form if you want to apply 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 are self-employed, you will not get sick pay. But you can still apply for other benefits if you cannot work or if your income decreases. For example, if your income decreases, you may be able to get:
We have more information about self-employment and cancer, which you may find helpful. Or, you can speak to a Macmillan welfare rights adviser.