Two million people could soon be eligible for sick pay

Two million people could soon be eligible for sick pay

author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate

The government is looking at lowering the threshold for statutory sick pay. This means the country’s lowest-paid workers could receive help if they’re too ill to work.


At the moment, employees need to earn the equivalent of 14 hours on minimum wage (£118 per week) to qualify for sick pay, but the potential change to lower this could help to encourage people back to work after a long-term illness. 

According to the Manchester Evening News, every year around 100,000 people leave their job after taking time off for sickness, with almost half not returning after a year of absence from illness.

The change would also cover workers on freelance or short-term contracts, assuming they meet certain criteria.

How does this affect you?

It doesn’t yet, but if you’re one of the two million currently not qualifying for the sick pay threshold, there’s a chance this may change. 

The government have launched a consultation on the proposed changes

Our key tips:

  • Know your rights about sick pay - find out more information on the Department for Work and Pensions website
  • Keep an eye on the news for updates on the proposed changes

Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.

author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate

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