What is SSP?

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is a flat rate state benefit payable by the employer from the fourth day of sickness. Entitlement to SSP depends on whether sufficient National Insurance contributions have been paid. To receive SSP, an employee must earn on average at least £113 a week.

Some employers will pay normal pay during sickness. Others may deduct SSP from normal pay and yet others may pay SSP only. It all depends on what is in the contract of employment.

SSP rates are reviewed every year. As of April 2017, the current weekly rate for SSP is £89.35. SSP is paid for a maximum of 28 weeks.

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