Statutory Sick Pay

Employers are responsible for the payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for periods of illness of four days or more up to a total of 28 weeks' absence in any one period of incapacity for work. The weekly rate of sick pay is reviewed every year at the beginning of April. The current rate of SSP is: £92.05 per week (April 2018) for employees with average weekly earnings of £116 or more. 

Details of qualifying conditions and rates are available from Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue.


The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Calculator will help you to work out if you have to pay SSP and if so how much you must pay to your employee for an absence from work due to sickness for four, or more, days in a row.

SSP Calculator

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Telephone Enquiry Point

The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

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Please note that we cannot deal with employment-related enquiries by e-mail. To receive information or advice about an employment-related issue, please telephone our Helpline on Belfast 90 321442 where an officer will speak with you directly about your query. Please note that the Agency can arrange the services of an interpreter if required.

If you have an employment relations issue in Great Britain please contact the ACAS Helpline on 0300 123 1100 .

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