Depending on your situation and your employer, you can:
take paid sick leave
get Statutory Sick Pay
work from home
ask to use annual leave or unpaid leave
Government support if you’re self-isolating
The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is available in England. If you have to self-isolate but cannot work from home and you meet the criteria, you could get a single payment of £500 on top of any benefits and Statutory Sick Pay that you receive. Local authorities will be responsible for the payments.
You are automatically eligible if you receive any of these benefits:
If you need to self-isolate because you or someone you live with has coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms, you should be able to take sick leave and keep your job. But tell your employer as soon as possible.
Depending on your employer’s policy and your contract, your employer may ask you to take the paid sick leave in your contract or statutory sick pay (SSP). Ask your employer about their sick leave policy.
If your employer needs evidence, ask the NHS for an Isolation Note.
Your employer might have kept you on the payroll, even if you could not work. This is known as being ‘on furlough’. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) helps pay your wages while you're on furlough.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is extended until 30 September 2021.
The government has published online guides to help employers and employees to work safely during coronavirus. If you’re worried about your safety, ask your employer what measures will be in place to protect you.