When can my Statutory Paternity Pay for adoption start?

Your Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) can begin on:

  • the date the child is placed with you, or, if you are at work on that day, the following day; or
  • a pre-determined date which you specify to your employer, and which falls later than the date on which your placement is expected to take place.

You can choose to receive SPP for either one week or two, up to a maximum of two weeks. You will be paid either a flat rate of £140.98 per week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is less. Your average weekly earnings are calculated using your gross pay, which includes pay that forms part of your National Insurance contributions.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.