Are homeworkers entitled to sick pay?

Homeworkers have the same rights to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as other workers. To be entitled to SSP, you must be:

  • in work;
  • aged between 16 and 65 when your sickness began; and
  • earning enough (i.e. the Lower Earnings Limit of £113 per week from April 2017 to pay National Insurance (NI) contributions. If your pay varies, your entitlement depends on your average pay over the last eight weeks); and
  • absent from work due to illness for at least four consecutive days.

You will not qualify if you are self-employed or have not started work yet.

If you qualify for SSP, it is normally paid in the same way as your wages. It is paid at a flat rate of £89.35 and can be paid for up to 28 weeks, if your sickness lasts that long. It is not paid for the first three days that you are on sick leave – these are called 'waiting days'. Your employer can ask for reasonable evidence of incapacity.

In practice, this means a self-certification form for the first seven days of absence (including the first three waiting days) and a doctor’s Fit Note certificate after that.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.