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COVID-19 SSP – One of the most commonly asked questions by healthcare staff is what happens if I get COVID-19 or have to self isolate if I show the COVID-19 symptoms. What is my position in relation to COVID-19 SSP, sick pay, or statutory sick pay?

The below information is accurate at the 27th of March 2020 and may be subject to change.

PAYE and Umbrella Agency Workers

Under the new guidelines SSP ( statutory sick pay) is payable at £94.25 per week so long as there is qualifying earnings. Qualifying earnings are average earnings of £118.00 per week over the previous 6 weeks from the last time you were paid. SSP can be paid for up to 28 weeks. SSP can be paid from 13th March 2020 if someone is self-isolating because of COVID-19. This includes  individuals who are caring for people who are self-isolating in the same household.

SSP is now paid from day 1 of sickness or self-isolating caused by COVID-19

From   20th March 2020 those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an ‘isolation note’ by visiting NHS 111 by clicking here and completing the form which then needs to be sent to The SSP will be paid by your umbrella company or employer if you qualify.

Agency Workers working outside IR35 through their limited company.

Any agency worker working outside IR35 will be self employed through their limited company. They are advised to contact their professional accountant re their entitlement to SSP.

The COVID-19 pandemic guidance is changing daily and we will keep the information updated as soon as possible.

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