What you'll get

If you’re eligible and you or your partner end maternity or adoption leave and pay (or Maternity Allowance) early, then you can:

  • take the rest of the 52 weeks of maternity or adoption leave as Shared Parental Leave (SPL)
  • take the rest of the 39 weeks of maternity or adoption pay (or Maternity Allowance) as Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP)

How much pay you’ll get

ShPP is paid at the rate of £151.20 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.

This is the same as Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) except that during the first 6 weeks SMP is paid at 90% of whatever you earn (with no maximum).

Example A woman decides to start her maternity leave 4 weeks before the due date and gives notice that she’ll start SPL from 10 weeks after the birth (taking a total of 14 weeks maternity leave). She normally earns £200 a week.

She’s paid £180 (90% of her average weekly earnings) as SMP for the first 6 weeks of maternity leave, then £151.20 a week for the next 8 weeks. Once she goes onto SPL, she’s still paid £151.20 a week.