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What is Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and do I qualify for it?
What is Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and do I qualify for it?

Learn how Statutory Sick Pay works in the UK and whether or not you qualify for it.

Written by Julie Freeman
Updated over a week ago

What is Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)?

If you’re too ill to work, you may qualify to receive £109.40 per week of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from your employer for up to 28 weeks. This is the minimum amount that must be paid.


To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), you must:

  • be classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer.

  • earn an average of at least £123 per week.

  • have been ill for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days).


You will not qualify for SSP if you:

  • have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks)

  • are getting Statutory Maternity Pay

Fit notes and asking for proof

You must give your employer a fit note if you’re off work for more than 7 days in a row (including non-working days).

You can get a fit note (sometimes called a sick note) from the following healthcare professionals:

  • GP or hospital doctor

  • registered nurse

  • occupational therapist

  • pharmacist

  • physiotherapist

The note can be printed or digital.

Requesting SSP

If you are a worker and need to claim SSP you can use the form SC2 from the link below:

Once completed digitally, please send the form to Coople at We will then check your eligibility for SSP and get back to you.

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