Shared parental pay

Shared Parental Leave and Shared Parental Pay are separate entitlements. Shared Parental Pay payments may consist of two elements, statutory Shared Parental Pay and University Shared Parental Pay.

There are different qualifying arrangements for the pay and leave. We recommend all employees check the government eligibility calculator. Please note that this should just be used as an eligibility calculator and not for pay purposes as the University has an enhanced pay scheme for those that are eligible.

Shared Parental Leave and Shared Parental Pay cannot commence until the end of the compulsory two-week maternity or adoption leave period.

University Shared Parental Pay (UShPP)

Some employees will be eligible for the University Shared Parental Pay (UShPP), which is the pay that the University pays over and above statutory Shared Parental Pay (SShPP). Entitlement to the University Shared Parental Pay will depend on:

  • meeting the eligibility requirements set out on the eligibility page
  • giving the appropriate notice
  • opting to take statutory Shared Parental Pay at the same time as the University Shared Parental Pay scheme and
  • returning to work following your leave for a period of at least 3 months (or an equivalent period of time if you reduce your hours).

If the above requirements are met, you will be eligible to receive the benefits of the University Shared Parental Pay Scheme. This will be subject to how much maternity/adoption leave has been taken, and how the Shared Parental Leave and pay are shared between the parents. Please see examples in the pay section.

You may be entitled to (in chronological order of Shared Parental Leave):

If you have been working at the University for 26 weeks ending with the Qualifying Week and you earn above the lower earnings level, you will be eligible for the University Shared Parental Pay at:
Up to 6 weeks (following 2 weeks compulsory maternity/adoption leave)
only in the weeks 2-8 following the start date of maternity/adoption leave[1]
University Shared Parental Pay at the rate of your full pay inclusive of Statutory Shared Parental Pay (SShPP).
Up to 16 weeks
only in the weeks 9 – 24 following the start date of maternity/adoption leave;
University Shared Parental Pay at the rate of half your normal pay plus Statutory Shared Parental Pay.
Up to 15 weeks You may opt to take any remaining Statutory Shared Parental Pay (up to 15 weeks’ worth).
Up to 13 weeks Unpaid leave
If you have been working at the University for 26 weeks ending with the Qualifying Week and you earn below the lower earnings level you will be eligible for the UShPP at:
Up to 6 weeks (following compulsory maternity/adoption leave)
only in the weeks 2-8 following the start date of maternity/adoption leave
University Shared Parental Pay at the rate of your 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. 
Up to 16 weeks
only in the weeks 9-24 following the start date of maternity/adoption leave;
Half pay (subject to a maximum of full pay when combined with payments from DWP).
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 Week:
You should contact the Department for Work and Pensions as soon as possible to discover if you are eligible for any statutory payments. You may qualify for the leave.

[1] Please note that Shared Parental Leave also cannot begin until the birth of the child/placement of the child.

Statutory Shared Parental Pay (SShPP)

Statutory Shared Parental Pay is paid at a statutory flat rate set by the government for up to 39 weeks’ pay, less any week where SMP/MA/SAP is received, within the 52 weeks following the birth or placement of the child. Within the framework of the regulations parents can decide who is paid the statutory amount and when.

Consequently, within the University scheme employees can choose whether, if eligible, to receive statutory Shared Parental Pay only or a combined Statutory Shared Parental Pay and University Shared Parental Pay.

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