Sick pay

Modified on Fri, 01 Mar 2024 at 03:12 PM

Sick pay as a Freelancer/Contractor


Receiving sick pay

As a freelancer, you can receive 100 percent of the basis for the sick-pay from and including the 17th day of illness. The first 16 days are counted from the day on which you see a doctor or the day on which NAV receives notification of the incapacity.


See also:

- Sickness benefits for self-employed and freelancers (in Norwegian only)  

- The National Insurance Act on sickness benefits for freelancers (in Norwegian only)


Calculating the sick pay basis

When NAV pays sick-pay, a basis for the sick-pay must be determined. This is normally calculated based on the average freelance income reported through the a-melding during the three months preceding the sickness.


See more here: NAV – the National Insurance basic amount (G) (in Norwegian only)


If you have income as both a freelancer and an employee, the sick-pay will be paid according to the rules for employees. 


Applying for sick pay

Contact NAV for information on how to apply for sick-pay and how it is paid. You can do so here: https://www.nav.no/sykepenger.


Remember to apply as a Freelancer if Wolt is your only job, not as an employee as the rules differ.




Voluntary sick pay insurance


It is possible to take out voluntary sick-pay insurance through NAV in order to obtain 100 percent sick-pay cover from the first sick day. The premium for the sick-pay insurance is 3.3 percent of your expected annual income.


There is also an upper limit for the sick-pay basis of six times the National Insurance basic amount (G) for the voluntary sick-pay insurance. This means you will not be covered by the insurance for income in excess of 6G. 


The premium for voluntary sick-pay insurance can be deducted in the tax return.


See more here: NAV on sick-pay insurance for freelancers (in Norwegian only)


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