One in 10 women don’t earn enough to qualify for sick pay, TUC analysis reveals

By agency reporter
October 5, 2019

One in 10 women workers do not earn enough to qualify for statutory sick pay, according to new TUC analysis.

The analysis shows that 1.4 million women employees earn less than £118 a week – the qualifying threshold for statutory sick pay. As a result they can not claim the protection if they fall ill.

The analysis also reveals that:

  • Women account for more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of the two million UK workers currently ineligible for statutory sick pay.
  • People in insecure work are even more likely to miss out. Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of zero-hours workers do not earn enough to get the protection.

The TUC says that women are most at risk of not qualifying for statutory sick pay because they are more likely to be stuck in low-paid and insecure work. Women are also more likely to work part time due to caring responsibilities.

The TUC is calling for the minimum earning threshold to be scrapped.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “No one should worry about falling into debt or struggling to pay their bills when they’re ill.

“It’s not right that women and insecure workers are most likely to miss out on sick pay – just because they are low earners. The government needs to get on and protect every worker if they fall sick.”

* Trades Union Congress https://www.tuc.org.uk/

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