UCL Human Resources


Pay and Benefits

Sickness absence due to Coronavirus

Please be assured that sickness absence because of having the Coronavirus will not result in a reduction in your pay or any formal sanction.

All staff directly employed by UCL, as well as staff employed by UCL’s suppliers Axis, Sodexo and Aramark will be able to access sick pay from the first day of an absence.

Please see the leave and absence FAQs for full details on how to report your sickness absence to ensure full pay. 

Staff unable to work in their present role

Special leave will be arranged for people who cannot work from home and this will not be deducted from sick pay balances nor count toward triggers in absence policies. Please speak to your line manager if this applies to you. You can find more information in the leave and absence FAQs

It is intended that those staff who are unable to work in their present role due to Covid-19 or the requirement to self-isolate, and who are unable to undertake alternate duties, who have working hours scheduled, should receive payment equivalent to the hours they would normally have worked.


I am enrolled on the childcare voucher scheme, can I reduce my payment during the period the nursery/school is closed?

Yes you can reduce your payment. No change to the usual process is needed. You can manage your childcare voucher order via your personal online KiddiVouchers account or by contacting KiddiVouchers directly on 0800 612 9015. You will need to make the change by the 8th of the month to see the salary sacrifice change in your next pay.