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Maternity leave and pay if you have more than one employer

If you have more than one job then your maternity leave and pay are calculated separately for each one. You do not have to take maternity leave at the same time for each employer, you can start and end each maternity leave independently.

If you have more than one employer who is liable to pay Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) then you can claim it from each liable employer.

If none of your employers are liable to pay Statutory Maternity Pay then you will claim Maternity Allowance (MA) from the Jobcentre. This will be based on earnings added up from all your employment and self employment. MA can only be paid for a week in which you do not work (except for Keeping In Touch Days) so you would not be able to claim MA until you had started maternity leave from all your jobs. There is more information about maternity pay in our article about maternity pay and allowances.

If you are entitled to SMP from one employer but not from others then you cannot claim MA in respect of the other jobs. This is because you are not allowed to claim SMP and MA at the same time.

You might also found it useful to look at our article on working during maternity leave to see how working for one employer will affect pay from others.

This advice applies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you live in another part of the UK, the law may differ. Please call our helpline for more details

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