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I've got two part-time jobs. Do I get maternity pay for both?

Every pregnant employee, regardless of her length of service, amount of weekly earnings, or the number of jobs she is employed to do, is entitled to 52 weeks' maternity leave. Leave is not ‘pro-rated’ between two or more employers and need not begin at the same time.

A woman who works 15 hours for one employer and 24 hours for another may, for example, start her leave between the 11th and 2nd weeks before the expected week of childbirth (EWC). She is entitled to the full 52 weeks’ leave for each employment.

To receive statutory maternity pay (SMP) she must satisfy the eligibility conditions - she must have 26 weeks’ service into the 15th week before the EWC, and her average weekly earnings (AWE) must be at or above the lower earnings limit for National Insurance contributions purposes - £111 from April 2014. She must also have given notice of her pregnancy (MATB1 form) and given each employer 28 days’ notice of the date she plans to start her maternity leave.

If she meets the above conditions the employer(s) must pay Statutory Maternity Pay for the first six weeks calculated at a weekly rate equal to 90% of her average weekly earnings and, for the remaining 33 weeks, must pay the lower of the following:

  • £138.18 per week from April 2014
  • 90% of her average weekly earnings

A woman who is not entitled to SMP may be able to claim Maternity Allowance, but she won’t be able to claim two amounts of Maternity Allowance (one for each job) or a combination of SMP and Maternity Allowance.