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It is essential for anyone working in payroll to understand statutory sick pay (SSP) and how to administer it. This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to accurately calculate SSP and the criteria needed to qualify for it.

Login details for the online platform will be sent to you before 5 pm on the course start date. If you have any problems or questions, please email admin@cipp.org.uk.


Why you should attend

Administering statutory leave entitlement and the associated pay provisions can be complicated but are an essential arena for organisations to operate correctly and efficiently.


Aimed at payroll and HR professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experience, this course covers in-depth the rules and regulations for statutory sick pay.

The course is suitable for delegates that have the following suggested roles:

  • Payroll administrators
  • Payroll Coordinators
  • HR professionals

What you will learn

To take away from this e-learning course with the knowledge required to accurately calculate Statutory Sick Pay as well as begin their understanding in the criteria needed to qualify for it.

  • Explain the criteria surrounding Statutory Sick Pay
  • Explain the criteria which must be met to qualify for Statutory Sick Pay
  • Accurately calculate Statutory Sick Pay
  • Explain the actions required when an employee is not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay

Course content

Qualifying for Statutory Sick Pay

- Who is entitled

- Period of incapacity

- Qualifying days

- Waiting days

- Earnings tests

- Linking days


Ceasing Statutory Sick Pay

- Maximum payable sick pay

- Sick pay and maternity

- When an employee leaves


Evidence and notification

- Self-certification

- Medical statements

- Notification procedures


Rates of SSP

- Weekly rates


Examples of Statutory Sick Pay in practice

- Scenarios

Prior learning required

Technical requirements

- An email address: For information security reasons, you must use a named email account, as we cannot create an account for generic email addresses (e.g. info@cipp.org.uk)

- An up-to-date internet browser: To access the CIPP e-learning portal (Google Chrome is recommended)

- Up-to-date Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Software (please check with your IT department if in doubt)

- A regularly updated virus checker

It is also preferential that delegates work in a payroll or HR role which gives exposure to the administration of statutory payments.

Continuing your learning

Introduction to PAYE & NIC’s:

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. Delegates leave the course with the ability to calculate gross to net pay manually.


Introduction to Statutory Payments

Covering in detail the core statutory payments (SSP, SMP, SAP & SPP) as well as introducing Shared Parental Leave & Pay, completing this course will further a payroll administrator’s essential skill set.


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 NIC’s.


Revision Day 1:

It takes practice to achieve competence with gross to net calculations. This course applies the learning gained from this syllabus in a variety of scenarios, enabling the delegate to fully comprehend the key principles and apply them in the workplace with confidence.


Revision Day 2:

Statutory payments are a detailed and often complex area of payroll that takes practice to refine and apply. This course applies the learning gained from this course in a variety of scenarios, enabling the delegate to fully apply this subject in their workplace.


Revision Day 3:

The Essential Additions to Payroll Basics course covers a wide scope of subjects the payroller needs to master. This course applies this knowledge in a variety of scenarios enabling delegates to expand and consolidate the knowledge gained from the former.

Booking information

Closing date for bookings is two weeks prior to the course date.


For more information please email admin@cipp.org.uk or call us on 0121 712 1063.

Closing date for bookings is two weeks prior to the course date