Statutory Adoption Pay

One of the qualifying conditions for receipt of SAP is to have average weekly earnings (before tax) of £123 or more (April 2024).

During their adoption leave most employees will be eligible for Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) of up to 39 weeks from their employer.

The first six weeks of Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) are paid at at 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings (AWE). The statutory weekly rate for the remaining 33 weeks will be the lower of 90% of AWE or £184.03

If you an issue with or a query about a payment, you should contact the HMRC statutory payment dispute team.  Details of how to do so can be accessed at the link below.    

Last updated: 04 April 2024