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Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Pay (ShPP)

What is Shared Parental Leave and Pay?

Shared parental leave was introduced in April 2015. It is an entitlement where you and your partner can share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay.

You and your partner may qualify for this if you are having a baby, using a surrogate, adopting a child or fostering a child who you are planning to adopt.

Statutory Shared Parental Leave and Pay (MFJ027)

How to use Shared Parental Leave and Pay

Shared Parental Leave must be taken in the first year that your child is born or placed into your family.

It can be taken in leave blocks (maximum 3 blocks per individual).  These can be separated periods or all-together in one go.

Periods of leave can be taken at the same time, or separately.

Giving up Statutory Maternity Pay

To get SPL and ShPP you or your partner has to:

  • take less than the 52 weeks of maternity or adoption leave and use the rest as SPL
  • take less than the 39 weeks of maternity or adoption pay (or Maternity Allowance) and use the rest as ShPP

For example, if you’re the mother and you’ve taken 22 weeks of Maternity Leave and Statutory Maternity Pay, you can share 30 weeks of SPL and 17 weeks of ShPP with your partner.

How is it paid?

Shared parental pay is paid when you take shared parental leave. This is likely to be paid at the rate of £184.03 a week (24/23 figures) or 90% of average weekly earnings, which ever is the lower.

Following similar rules to Statutory Maternity Pay, the first 6 weeks taken as Shared Parental Pay is paid at 90% of average weekly earnings. The remaining 37 weeks of pay entitlement will be shared between the couple (dependent who is taking Shared Parental Leave).

To read the full guide for Shared Parental Leave and Pay visit the GOV.UK website