UK Maternity Leave – What are your rights?

  • Most employed mothers are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave
  • Statutory maternity pay covers the first 39 weeks. It is usually paid at 90% of the mother’s weekly wage for the first six weeks, with the remaining 33 weeks at £139.58 a week or 90% of their weekly wage, whichever is lower
  • Women who earn less than £112 a week are not eligible for statutory maternity pay; instead most can claim maternity allowance.
  • Fathers may be entitled to one or two weeks paid paternity leave


Only Ireland and Slovakia have worse “decently paid” entitlements, which it defines as two-thirds of a woman’s salary – or more than £840 a month.

Croatia offers six months leave;

Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have more than four months;

Estonia, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Malta, and Switzerland offer more than three months.

The EU minimum requirement of 14 weeks.


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