Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

Women expecting a baby on or after 6th April 2008 who satisfy the qualifying conditions are entitled to a maximum of 39 weeks SMP. These include having average weekly earnings of £112.00 (April 2016).

The weekly rate is:

  • First 6 weeks of payment - 90% of employee’s average weekly earnings
  • Remaining 33 weeks - Pay the lower of: 90% of average weekly earnings, or £145.18 (April 2018). 

Employees- -Pregnancy and maternity rights in the workplace

Employers- -Maternity leave and pay


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