Statutory Sick Leave increase to 5 days

Statutory Sick Pay was introduced in January of last year. 

It entitled employees to a maximum of 3 days of employer-paid sick leave in any one calendar year, provided the employee had completed 13 weeks of continuous service and they provide a medical certificate. 

This entitlement increased to 5 days in January 2024.

Statutory Sick Pay is paid by the employer at 70% of normal pay up to a maximum of €110 a day.

The number of days paid will increase again in coming years:

  • 2024 – 5 days covered
  • 2025 – 7 days covered
  • 2026 – 10 days covered

Sick days can be taken as consecutive days or non-consecutive days.

The sick pay year is the calendar year, so it runs from 1 January to 31 December.