Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme

The measure

Small and medium-sized employers across the UK will continue to be able to reclaim up to two weeks of eligible Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs per employee.

The SSP rebate scheme was announced in March 2020 to reimburse employers with fewer than 250 employees for up to two weeks of COVID-19 related SSP per employee across the UK.

This scheme is a temporary COVID-19 measure intended to support employers while levels of sickness absence are high. As with other business support schemes, the government will set out steps for closing this scheme in due course.


Who will be affected?

Small and medium-sized employers with fewer than 250 employees.


When will the measure come into effect?

Ongoing until further notice. 

Our view

Small and medium-sized employers will welcome the continuation of this temporary COVID-19 measure as the UK economy starts to enter the recovery phase following the pandemic.