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Home Advice for Parents & CarersMaternity Leave Maternity leave and pay if you have more than one employer

Maternity leave and pay if you have more than one employer

Last updated: 10 May 2021

This is one of the most common questions that Working Families receives on its helpline.

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

You may be eligible for SMP from one or both of your employers. If you are eligible for SMP from more than one employer, then you can claim it from each employer. For more on SMP eligibility, see our article on Maternity pay and benefits.

If you are not eligible for SMP from either of your employers, then you may be eligible for Maternity Allowance (MA). The DWP will consider your earnings from all your employment and self-employment during the 66 weeks before your due date.

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 have started maternity leave for each of your jobs.

If you are entitled to SMP from one employer, but not from another then you cannot claim MA in respect of the other job. This is because you are not allowed to claim both 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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