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NHS Maternity Pay

July 2019


These are the NHS Maternity Policy details:

  • 8 Weeks Full Pay

  • 18 Weeks Half Pay Plus Statutory Maternity Pay (£151.20)

  • 13 Weeks Statutory Maternity Pay (£151.20)

  • 13 Weeks Unpaid

Want to know what your take home pay will be while on Maternity Leave from the NHS? Use our NHS Maternity Pay Calculator to see how much will arrive in your bank account each month.

Clever Tip 1: The more you earn between the 16th and 24th week before your due date the more maternity pay you get. If you can work overtime, or more shifts in these 8 weeks then you effectively get paid TRIPLE for it! This is because the “Full Pay” and “Half Pay” in maternity is based on how much you earn in those 8 weeks.

Clever Tip 2: By mutual agreement with your employer you can take up to 10 "Keep In Touch" days. The rate of pay for these is to be agreed with your employer, but is typically your normal rate of pay.

Always consult your HR department and your contract.

To qualify for NHS maternity in full you typically need to:

  • Be employed directly by the NHS and not subject to the Doctors and Dentists Review Board

  • Your average weekly earnings between the 16th and 24th week of pregnancy have been at least equal to the Lower Earnings Limit (£120 per week before tax)

  • Have 12 months’ continuous service as an NHS employee at the beginning of the 11th week before the expected week of childbirth

  • Notify your employer in writing that you intend to take maternity leave before the 15th week before your expected week of childbirth and that you intend to return to work after your maternity leave ends

  • Give your employer your MATB1 form from your midwife or GP