How much is Statutory Paternity Pay?

You can claim ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) in blocks of a week or 2 consecutive weeks – up to a maximum of 2 weeks. You will be paid either a flat rate of £145.18 per week (from April 2018) or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is less.

Your average weekly earnings are calculated using your gross pay, which includes the pay that forms part of your National Insurance (NI) contributions.

The law does not allow you to take two separate weeks’ leave or odd days, although your employer may have agreed something better where you work.

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