@Chloe , The first 6 weeks of your maternity leave should be at 90% of your wages, and your SMP kicks in straight after. Pay Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is paid for up to 39 weeks. You get: 90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) for the first 6 weeks £172.48 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks From the government website. I'm not sure why you're on half or having to wait till 9 weeks, but you should look into it.
How far along into your maternity leave are you? The last 3 months are unpaid so it may be that this month you used up the last little bit of your paid maternity at the beginning of the month and the rest of it was unpaid maternity leave.
It’s so bad that it doesn’t start until your 9th week of maternity leave aswell ! I’m currently on half my wage because I’m not on my 9th week of mat leave yet xx
Yeah last 3 months are unpaid if you take addirional leave, I go back to work in July and I get £41 this month 😩
It depends when you went on leave hun, mine was mid month so I got less as my final payment
@lorena 39 weeks means this is your last paid week but shouldn’t have gone down already by this much I don’t think!!
Thank you all very much, I am looking into this. I am currently at 39 weeks of maternity, before I left no one actually sit down with me to break down each bit of the maternity pay since this is my first time. As far I was aware I would got less but still at least on the 200 but not this low. Last month I got payed 800£ so the drop just took me by su price
@April , also, you will find that while on maternity leave, you don't earn enough to be taxed and NI. Unless the job you had before you were earning crazy amounts, it's very unlikely you'll have deductions, I just checked my old payslip from last March and a few after that to confirm my thoughts. In March, I had a tax refund, and no NI was taken as I didn't earn over the weekly threshold. My only deduction was pension payments. Throughout my whole leave, no tax or IN was taken after Feb.
Yes, I know, but it's very minimal. It wouldn't reduce it by that much. I was on maternity leave last year. I got my last payment in October. My last day of paid maternity leave was the 11th of October. I received over £400 as it covered the last 3 weeks of pay
@Chelsea Don’t forget tax, national insurance and pension contributions are still taken as well x
https://www.gov.uk/maternity-paternity-calculator Use this and fill it out as if you were the employer. At the end it asks you how you want to pay. Check the by week option, then go back and check the monthly option. You'll see by doing that which option they've likely chosen and if it's at all correct.
Before it went up, SMP was £156.66 it is now £172.48. You only have 13 weeks, which are unpaid. So even if you only had 1 week left of leave, you should have got £172.48 And Shiv, you should have got a full week as well, I'm sure. SMP is worked out by weeks if your getting less, then somehow they've missed off days. The only way they can do that is if they've decided to pay you for the exact number of days in each month, its far more complicated, so most companies don't do it that way. You can ask for a maternity breakdown on your payments. It should show you when you get paid and how much plus how much over the year. Check it carefully. Mine was wrong, and I had to point out their mistake so they could check it and change it
I only got about £60 for my last payment, and my work have always been pretty good when it comes to this stuff so I'm going to assume that's correct. My last week of SMP fell at the beginning of Feb, so I'm guessing it has to do with that x
How long have you been on mat leave now? SMP is only paid for 39 weeks, the rest is unpaid so it could be that if you’ve been on mat leave for 39-40ish weeks (or more) you’ve received less as you’re entering into the unpaid portion of mat leave. I only took 39 weeks mat leave as I knew I couldn’t afford any additional unpaid leave 😅 x
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Where are you on mat leave? Before the 39w or the additional 13w?
I wouldn’t be complaining 😅 x
I got £163 this month as I am also due to go back to work in august. This is correct for me. The first part of the month (up to 6th) was paid and the rest unpaid so that’s what it came out as. You won’t get any pay at all now until you go back so just bear that in mind and look into UC or something if you need extra financial support for these unpaid months