You can get £96.35 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
You should tell your employer as early as possible that you are not able to go to work and ask whether they can provide you with sick pay through an employment scheme or through Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
If you cannot work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
You could get SSP if you’re self-isolating because:
- you or someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
- you’ve been notified by the NHS or public health authorities that you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19
- someone in your support bubble (or your ‘extended household’ if you live in Scotland or Wales) has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
- you’ve been advised by a doctor or healthcare professional to self-isolate before going into hospital for surgery
Test and Trace Support Payment scheme
You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate. If you think you meet the eligibility criteria for either the Test and Trace Support Payment or a discretionary payment, you can apply through your local council. You can claim up to 42 days after the first day of your self-isolation period.