Calculating work hours: Sick Leave
Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance
You are not treated as being in full time paid work - even if you are a full time worker under your employment contract - if you are absent from work because you are sick.
For Working Tax Credit you could count as being in paid work so you should get advice on which benefit you would be better off claiming. Use our Find an Adviser tool.
Working Tax Credit
If you are within the first 28 weeks of a period of sick leave from work, and are receiving a sickness benefit such as Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) , you continue to be classed as working the same number of hours you were working immediately before the period of sick leave began.
If you are self-employed and off work due to sickness, like an employee you can continue to be classed as working the same number of hours you were working immediately before the leave began.
If you don't return to work at the end of your sick leave, you will no longer count as being in paid work.