Statutory pay

Payments may be required from an employer if an employee is not at work for a variety of reasons.

There are detailed conditions for an employee to qualify for any of these statutory payments.

Employees are only eligible for a statutory payment if they have sufficient average weekly earnings of at least the lower earnings limit.

2018/19:

TypeMax payment periodAmount (£) 1
Statutory Sick Pay92.05
Statutory Maternity PayFirst six weeks90% of weekly earnings
Next 33 weeks145.18 2
Statutory Paternity Pay2 weeks145.18 2
Statutory Adoption PayFirst six weeks90% of weekly earnings
Next 33 weeks145.18 2
Shared Parental Pay145.18 2

Notes…

  1. Average weekly earnings £116 or over
  2. Or 90% of weekly earnings if lower.

2017/18:

TypeMax payment periodAmount (£) 1
Statutory Sick Pay89.35
Statutory Maternity PayFirst six weeks90% of weekly earnings
Next 33 weeks140.98 2
Statutory Paternity Pay2 weeks140.98 2
Statutory Adoption PayFirst six weeks90% of weekly earnings
Next 33 weeks140.98 2
Shared Parental Pay140.98 2

Notes…

  1. Average weekly earnings £113 or over
  2. Or 90% of weekly earnings if lower.

Statutory Sick Pay

Payments may be required from an employer if an employee is too ill to work.

SSP is generally payable for a period up to 28 weeks.

Statutory Maternity Pay

Payments may be required from an employer when an employee takes time off to have a baby.

SMP is payable for a period up to 39 weeks.

Statutory Paternity Pay

Payments may be required from an employer when an employee takes time off during their partner’s Statutory Maternity Pay period.

Payment is for a period of either one or two complete weeks.

Shared Parental Pay

Payments may be required from an employer when an employee takes time off following the curtailment of the period of SMP by the mother.

Payment is for up to a maximum of 37 weeks and is dependent on the mother’s unused SMP period.

Statutory Adoption Pay

Payments may be required from an employer when an employee takes time off when they adopt a child.

Payment is for a period up to 39 weeks.

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