If you are an employee or a worker you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay – if you meet what are known as the qualifying conditions.

How much is Statutory Sick Pay?

The standard rate of SSP is £79.15 per week from 6th April 2009, increasing to £81.60 on 11th April 2011. (Regulations were changed from 27th October 2008 that mean that agency workers on contracts of less than 3 months CANNOT be excluded from receiving SSP if they meet the qualifying conditions).

If your employer is refusing to pay you SSP you can contact your local HM Revenue and Customs office who will be able to help – http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/enq/index.htm

For further information on Statutory Sick Pay click here.

Freelancers are not entitled to SSP but may be able to make a claim for Incapacity Benefit.
If you are an Employer and need ongoing professional help with any staff/freelance issues then talk to us at The HR Kiosk (click here) – a Human Resources Consultancy for small businesses – you can retain us for as much time as you need.
Please note that the advice given on this website and by our Advisors is guidance only and cannot be taken as an authoritative interpretation of the law. It can also not be seen as specific advice for individual cases. Please also note that there are differences in legislation in Northern Ireland.