UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science

For staff

Pregnancy and maternity leave

All UCL employees, irrespective of funding source, are entitled to Occupational Maternity Pay (OMP). There is no qualifying length of service requirement for OMP, however, staff will need to fulfill Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) obligations.

OMP is full pay for 18 weeks; this can be paid in either of the following ways:

a ) 18 weeks' full pay, or
b ) 9 weeks' full pay followed by 18 weeks' half pay

In addition to OMP an employee will be eligible for SMP if they have had at least 26 weeks' service at the Notification Week (15th week before the expected week of childbirth) provided that the average earnings are above the lower earnings limit for National Insurance contributions.

SMP is payable for a 39-week period and is included within the weeks of full pay detailed in options A and B above. If the employee elects option A, the 18 week full pay period will be followed by 21 weeks' pay at the SMP rate of £136.78 per week. ** If the employee elects option B, a rate equivalent to SMP of £136.78 per week*** will be paid for 9 weeks from week 10 of the paid maternity pay period and for a further 12 weeks from week 28 to week 39 of the maternity pay period. This equates to 21 weeks of SMP.

** or 90% of average weekly earnings, if this amount is lower than £136.78 per week.
*** where the rate equivalent to SMP and half pay exceed the normal salary, the amount of pay will be reduced.

In addition to the periods of maternity leave detailed above, employees are entitled to 13 weeks of unpaid maternity leave or up to 34 weeks unpaid maternity leave where they are not eligible for SMP.

If you have any queries regarding any of this, please contact our HR Administrator Elaine MacDonald or our Institute Manager Simon Galloway

Pregnancy, maternity and return to work support group

ICS has an informal pregnancy, maternity and return to work support group which meets once a term. All staff are welcome to join this group, please contact Rikke Osterlund for more information.