Maternity pay

Maternity leave and pay are separate entitlements. Entitlement to maternity pay will depend on length of service and on whether or not you return to work following your maternity leave. These entitlements are detailed below for babies due on or after 1 January 2014, but you can also use the Maternity Entitlements Calculator for a personalised version.

If you have been working at the University for 26 weeks ending with the Qualifying Week1 and you earn above the lower earnings level, you will be eligible for the University Maternity Pay at:
8 weeks full pay inclusive of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)2, then 
16 weeks at half pay plus SMP, then
15 weeks at either SMP or a rate equal to 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower), then
13 weeks unpaid leave
If you have been working at the University for 26 weeks ending with the Qualifying Week1 and you earn below the lower earnings level you will be eligible for the University Maternity Pay at:
8 weeks full pay (less deductions for benefits paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Please note you are required to notify your HR Business Partner of any payments you receive from DWP, you may be eligible for maternity allowance and so should contact the Department for Work and Pensions as soon as possible), then 
16 weeks at half pay (subject to a maximum of full pay when combined with payments from DWP), then
15 weeks of benefits from DWP (if eligible)
13 weeks unpaid leave
If you have been working at the University for less than 26 weeks ending with the Qualifying Week1:
you should contact the Department for Work and Pensions as soon as possible to discover if you are eligible for Maternity Allowance.

Employees on fixed term contracts

If you are employed on a fixed term contract, your employment and payment of University Maternity Pay (UMP) will end on the expiry date of the fixed term contract, although Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) will continue to be paid if eligible.

Changes in hours of work

If your hours of work changed in the 52 weeks prior to the start of your maternity leave, UMP will be calculated on your average weekly hours during the 52 weeks. Please contact your HR Business Partner for more information.

University Pension Schemes

If you are a member of one of the University's Pension Schemes you will pay pension contributions on actual earnings during any period of paid maternity leave. During any period of unpaid maternity leave, membership is suspended and no pension contributions are paid; there will still be life insurance cover but you will not accrue pensionable service during this period. When you return to work after your maternity leave, you can choose to pay your contributions for all or part of this period, in which case the University would pay its contributions.

International staff

If you have a visa that allows you to live and work in the United Kingdom you may be eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP). If your visa includes the condition that you have “no recourse to public funds” you may still get SMP provided you satisfy the qualifying conditions. Since the qualifying conditions for SMP depend on your recent employment and earnings history, SMP is not deemed to be “public funds”.

Returning to work

If you receive University Maternity Pay, the University may reclaim from you all or part of the non-statutory element of this maternity pay if you fail to return to work for at least 3 months following your maternity leave (or an equivalent period of time if you reduce your hours). This excludes any non-working periods (eg KIT days, parental leave, vacation time for term time only workers). Please see the University Policy on Overpayments for details on how the money would be repaid by you to the University.

If you are eligible for University Maternity Pay but are undecided about whether you wish to return to work you may request that the UMP element of your maternity pay be deferred. If you decide to return to work then payment can be made as a lump sum.

1 Qualifying Week - for statutory maternity pay purposes, this week is the 15th week before EWC

2unless in any week half pay + SMP exceeds full pay, in which case you will continue to receive UMP at full pay including SMP