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Just like any other employee, when a nanny is absent from work due to sickness their employer is required to administer Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

When is Statutory Sick Pay due?

  • SSP is not paid for the first three consecutive days of illness (excluding days not normally worked).
  • These three days are known as 'waiting days' and any payment of salary to the nanny for these days is at the employer's discretion.
  • On the fourth consecutive day SSP is paid instead of, or as part of, the nanny's normal rate of pay, for up to 28 weeks.
  • SSP is paid for the days the nanny would normally have worked.
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How much is Statutory Sick Pay and how is it paid?

  • The 2020-21 rate of SSP is £95.85 gross per week.
  • SSP is paid in the same way as the nanny's normal salary (weekly or monthly), a payslip is provided as normal and Tax and National Insurance will be deducted in the usual way.

Do nannies qualify for sick pay?

  • They must be classed as an employee and have done some work for their employer.
  • They have been ill for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days).
  • They must be earning at least the Lower Earnings Limit.
  • They must inform their employer within 7 days or by their employer's deadline (if they have one stipulated in the Employment Contract).
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Why do nannies not qualify for sick pay?

  • If they have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks).
  • If they have taken 3 years or more 'linked periods' of sickness - where 4 or more days of sickness happen within 8 weeks of each other.
  • If they are receiving Statutory Maternity Pay.

Can an employer claim Statutory Sick Pay back?

  • Since 2015, employers are no longer able to reclaim SSP from the government.
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How do I inform Nannytax my employee requires SSP?

  • We will take care of all SSP administration for our clients if their nanny does have to take sick leave.
  • We advise our clients to contact our offices as soon as they think they may have to administer SSP and we will explain what needs to happen and fully assist them through the process.


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