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Statutory sick pay (SSP) eligibility and entitlement

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This guide gives information on entitlement for Statutory Sick Pay in Sage 50cloud Payroll.


The law requires you to pay statutory sick pay (SSP) to all employees who are ill and qualify for sick pay.

NOTE: For information on Coronavirus SSP entitlement and eligibility you can follow our handy guide. 



To qualify for SSP employees must:

  • Been sick for 4 or more days in a row (including non-working days).
  • Earn an average of at least £123 per week.
  • Have an employment contract and completed some work under their contract.
  • Give you notice and proof of illness when needed.

NOTE: Employees who have been paid less than 8 weeks of earnings still qualify for SSP, you can use sick pay calculator to work out how much to pay them on the Gov website.

For more information about the qualifying factors visit >


If your employee qualifies for SSP, the current legislation means they're entitled to, 28 weeks at £99.35. It is paid:

  • For the days an employee normally works - called ‘qualifying days’
  • In the same way as wages, for example on the normal payday, deducting tax and National insurance
    TIP: The payment of covid related SSP from day one ended on 24 March 2022. Periods of absence that begin on or after 25 March 2022 require three waiting days to be applied as per normal SSP rules.

For more information about entitlement visit >

Process SSP in payroll

We have this handy guide for you to use, which takes you through the steps of processing sick pay.


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