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Please note: Materials for this course will be made available via an online platform, however a selection of this materials will need to be printed off and brought with you on the day. Login details for the online platform will be sent to you 10 days before the course start date. If you have any problems or questions, please email admin@cipp.org.uk.

Why you should attend

Statutory payments are a detailed and often complex area of payroll that takes practice to refine and apply. 

Aimed at payroll and HR professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experience, this course provides in-depth revision on the rules and regulations for SSP, SMP, SAP, SPP & ShPP and their associated statutory leave provisions. 

Using this basis, you will apply these principles in a variety of scenarios, enabling a full comprehension on administering this subject in their workplace.

This course is a part of the face-to-face delivery option for the Payroll Technician Certificate. However, it can also be attended as a stand-alone course, or as a natural follow-on from the Introduction to Statutory Payments course if booked separately from the PTC.


This course is in the middle of being completely rewritten and a new set of revision days will be launched in August 2019. A new briefing note will be then produced for further marketing updates.

Alongside the Payroll technician certificate students, this course is suitable for delegates that have the following suggested roles who require an update and practice in this subject area:

  • Payroll Administrators
  • Payroll Supervisors
  • Payroll Managers

What you will learn

To revise and further your comprehension of the rules and regulations covering statutory payments and leave so they can administer these statutory deductions correctly and with confidence.

Identify entitlement to:

  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) & Statutory Maternity Leave (SML)
  • Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) & Statutory Adoption Leave (SAL)
  • Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) & Statutory Paternity Leave
  • Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) & Shared Parental Leave (SPL)

Calculate statutory payments

Comply with statutory requirements for statutory payments.

What will I learn?

The delegate will continue their understanding of the complex rules of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and associated leave.

The course also provides a recap of the differences between statutory and occupational pay and contains all recent legislative changes.

The day is designed to be a workshop where you will work through a wider number or exercises that are used throughout the day to solidify your learning.

Course content

·         Statutory payment compliance

  • Overview of HMRC’s compliance role with statutory payments
  • Outlining the arbitration route with statutory payment decisions

·         Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

  • Determining employees eligible for SSP
  • Interpreting Periods of Incapacity to Work, Qualifying Days & Waiting Days
  • Calculating SSP payments
  • Outlining record keeping requirements for SSP

·         Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

  • Determining employees eligible for SMP
  • Interpreting Week Baby Due, Qualifying Weeks and Employment Start Dates
  • Calculating SMP payments
  • Identifying contractual considerations for employees on maternity leave
  • Outlining record keeping requirements for SMP

·         Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)

  • Determining employees eligible for SAP
  • Calculating SAP payments

·         Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)

  • Determining employees eligible for SPP
  • Calculating SPP payments

·         Shared Parental Pay (ShPP)

  • Overview of the principles of ShPP

Further development

Introduction to Income tax & NICs

A working knowledge of PAYE & NICs is the central skillset that all payrollers must master. This course covers in-depth the rules for calculating both statutory deductions as well as the principles of processing starters and leavers correctly. You will leave the course with the ability to calculate gross to net pay manually.


Essential Additions to Payroll Basics

This course directly follows from this syllabus to cover a broad range of other subjects which all payroll administrators must competently grasp such as Student Loan Deductions, Court Orders, Auto-Enrolment, Real-Time Information, Year-End obligations and an introduction to Director’s NICs.


Introduction to Payroll

Designed for those new to payroll, this comprehensive course covers the core skills required to administer the payroll function. From calculating gross pay and deciphering the differences between taxable and NICable pay, the course covers in-depth the methodologies for manually calculating income tax, NICs and Student Loan Deductions as well as an overview of other core payroll principles, including auto-enrolment, court orders and remittance reconciliations.

You may also benefit from:

Holiday Pay & Leave

With numerous case law decisions and statutes affecting this subject, it has become a difficult provision to manage correctly, which usually falls to payroll and HR to jointly administer. Statutory payments interact with and complicate holiday pay & leave entitlements, so HR & payroll professionals would benefit from this course which explains concisely the current rules and regulations on holiday pay & leave.