Adoption pay and leave


Statutory Adoption Pay is paid for up to 39 weeks. The weekly amount is:

  • 90% of your average weekly earnings for the first 6 weeks
  • £148.68 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks

It’s paid in the same way as your wages (for example monthly or weekly). Tax and National Insurance will be deducted.

Extra pay

You may get more pay if your employer has a company adoption pay scheme. Your employer cannot offer you less than the statutory amount.

Start date

Statutory Adoption Pay starts when you take your adoption leave.

Problems and disputes

Contact the Statutory Payment Disputes Team if you disagree with the amount of Statutory Adoption Pay you get or your employer cannot pay it, for example because they’re insolvent.

Statutory Payment Disputes Team
Telephone: 03000 560 630
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