SME Statutory Sick Pay Compensation

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is now available to eligible individuals that are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are self-isolating in line with the latest Government advice.

The government will allow small-and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19 for up to two weeks per individual. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:

How to access the scheme

A rebate scheme is being developed. The Government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible. Existing systems are not designed to facilitate employer refunds for SSP. The Government's information is available here.

If you are self-employed and want to know if you are eligible for Universal Credit, please visit the gov.uk Universal Credit page


For further information on the full range of business support measures which have been made available to UK businesses, visit the government's Business Support website or use the Business Support Finder tool here.