How much is SSP
SSP is currently £94.25 per week – subject to review each April.
To establish how much SSP is on a daily basis, you need to divide this by the number of days the candidate is contracted to work per week. A candidate working 5 days would therefore be entitled to £18.85 per day.
When is SSP payable
A candidate must be absent for 4 consecutive working days in order for SSP to be payable.
The first 3 days are ‘Waiting Days’ and SSP is not payable until the 4th day. If the candidate was absent for 4 working days only then they would receive £18.85.
If a candidate is sick for 4 consecutive working days or more, receives SSP, returns to work and then is sick again within an 8 week period, the sickness will be considered as linked, providing that the second period of sickness is for a further 4 days or more. The candidate would then receive 4 days or more SSP depending on the length of the second absence, without the need to serve the first 3 waiting days again.
What happens when Morgan Hunt cannot pay SSP
If a candidate is not entitled to SSP either because they have used their entitlement or because they have not worked for us long enough, then we must complete an SSP1 form, stating the reason for non-payment, that the candidate can take to the benefits agency to claim direct.