Maternity vs paternity

Maternity Vs. Paternity leave and pay

Paternity/Maternity (men/women) is the time you take off from work when your partner is having a baby, adopting or having a baby through surrogacy. Most companies will pay, to some degree, whilst you are taking this specific time off. Each company, however, has a different policy on paternity and maternity pay – it’s always worth checking when you start a new job exactly what you are entitled to.

Paternity

Leave –

  • You are entitled to take time off to attend antenatal appointments or adoption appointments. The amount depends on your company policy
  • Typically you can take up to 6.5 hrs per appointment, but it’s at the discretion of your employer whether they extend this
  • Depending on your policy, you could be entitled to take anywhere from 1-2 weeks to months of paid leave or half-paid leave
  • You must take your leave in one go
  • Leave can’t start before the birth and must end within 56 days of the birth
  • You may be eligible for shared parental leave (taking leave in blocks to share rather than all at once) https://www.gov.uk/shared-parental-leave-and-pay
  • If you’re an agency worker, you’ll need to have been doing your job for 12 weeks before you quality for paternity leave. But if you’re a permanent employee you can

Pay –

  • Employment rights mean your job is protected whilst you take the leave, as well as aspects such as pay rises, accrued holiday and the ability to return to work

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Maternity

Leave –

  • Statutory leave is 52 weeks
  • You don’t have to take the whole 52 weeks
  • You must take 2 weeks leave once the baby is born (4 weeks if you’re a factory worker)
  • Typically the earliest you can start maternity leave is 11 weeks prior to the expected birth
  • If you want to change your return date you must give your employer 8 weeks notice
  • Regardless of how long you’ve been at your job you’re entitled to a year of statutory maternity leave

Pay –

  • Statutory pay entitles you to up to 39 weeks pay; 6 weeks on 90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) and then 33 weeks of £140.98 a week OR 90% as above, whichever is lower. After 39 weeks the employer isn’t required to pay anything further, although this is at the discretion of the employer
  • Employment rights mean your job is protected whilst you take the leave, as well as aspects such as pay rises, accrued holiday and other benefits you get such as gym membership, dental cover, medical insurance

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For further information, to help calculating how much you’d get head to the government website or the money advice service.

Please note the information was correct at the time of publishing.