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FAQs – working during Maternity, Adoption or Shared Parental Leave

Can I work while on Maternity/Adoption/Shared parental leave?

Yes and No! If you receive Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) or Maternity Allowance (MA) then you can work up to 10 Keeping in Touch (KIT) days for your employer. If you receive Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) you can work up to 20 Shared Parental Leave Keeping in Touch (SPLIT) days. These SPLIT days are in addition to the 10 ‘keeping in touch’ (or KIT) days already available to those on maternity or adoption leave

But apart from KIT/SPLIT days, there are differences between working while on SMP or on MA.  Always check what your employment contract says about working elsewhere. You will find more information on this here.

Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Can I work for another employer (not liable to pay me SMP/SAP/ShPP) while on maternity leave without it affecting my SMP/SAP/ShPP?

I have two employers, both pay me SMP, can I return to work at different times for different employers?

Can I do self-employed work while on maternity/adoption/shared parental leave without it affecting my SMP/SAP/ShPP?

Can I work while I’m on MA?

What happens if I do more than 10 KIT days or more than 20 SPLIT days?


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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