Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) no longer reclaimable from the Government

Apr 09, 2014
From 6 April 2014 the government has changed the rules governing Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) so that it can no longer be claimed back from the employer’s national insurance bill. Previously employers could claim back all SSP exceeding their 13% national insurance contributions.

This could have a significant effect on how employers manage sickness absence as there is a greater imperative to get staff back to work as soon as possible.

The SSP rate has also been increased to £87.55 per week from £86.70. The first 3 days of absence (called ‘waiting days’) are paid at zero.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding SSP or any other employment law matter please contact our Gary Smith on 01279 712576 or via email on

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Gary joined Nockolds in 2007 and is a Partner in our Employment Law Team. Before joining the firm Gary studied law at the University of Kent. ...

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