🇬🇧 Sick leave in the UK

Who should I notify about sick leave?

If you fall sick and need to take some leave, it is important to let your manager know as soon as possible. Additionally, please log your sick leave days on the Oyster platform Time Off tool.

Why does Oyster request a medical note?

Oyster requests a medical note, also known as ‘fit note’ or ‘sick note’ if you have been ill for more than 7 days in a row and have taken sick leave from work. These 7 days include non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays. You can request a fit note from a GP or a hospital. 

What is Statutory Sick Pay?

You may be entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) when you cannot work due to illness. The first 3 days of sickness, known as 'waiting days,' are usually not covered by SSP. The current SSP rate is GBP 96.35 per week for a maximum of 28 weeks.

You qualify for SSP if:

  • you are classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer
  • you are earning an average of at least £123 per week
  • you have been ill for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days)

The amount of days you can get SSP for depends on why you’re off work.

You can read more about SSP on the Government website.


If you have any questions about sick leave, please contact us.

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