Maternity and childcare benefits

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

If you work for a UK employer in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you may get SMP as long as you’re eligible.

Find out if you can get Statutory Maternity Pay in the EEA or Switzerland.

If you work in a different country, you can still get SMP as long as your employer pays UK National Insurance contributions for you.

Talk to your employer about claiming SMP.

Maternity Allowance

If you cannot get SMP, you might be eligible for Maternity Allowance.

If you’re eligible, you may get Maternity Allowance in an EEA country or Switzerland.

Find out if you can get Maternity Allowance in the EEA or Switzerland.

You may also be able to claim it in:

  • Barbados
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Channel Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Israel
  • Kosovo
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Turkey

Ask your local Jobcentre Plus for more information.

You may also get the following in an EEA country or Switzerland if you’re eligible: