Statutory sick pay (SSP) entitlement in Northern Ireland

If you are employed, but off sick, you are entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP). It is the minimum legal amount that your employer must pay you if you are off for more than four days in a row. Some employers choose to pay more than the minimum.

Details of SSP specific to your job can be found in the terms of your contract of employment. SSP is payable for a maximum of 28 weeks, and does not depend on your National Insurance contributions, income or savings. Visit NI Direct for more information.

Depending on your specific employer, you may also be eligible for Company Sick Pay. Visit the NI Direct website for advice and information on your rights to sick pay.

More information on benefits

If you want to know more about your rights at work, visit the Citizens Advice Bureau. Veterans can also contact the Royal British Legion to find out what benefits they are entitled to.

Seafarers' Advice and Information Line (SAIL) is the only Citizens Advice service dedicated to Naval Service Veterans. They provide expert telephone and email advice on benefits and can help you understand your right to SSP. For support, visit their website.

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