Adoption pay policy

If you are adopting and meet qualifying conditions based on your average earnings, you are entitled to Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) which is 90% of your average weekly earnings for the first six weeks, usually based on the average of actual earnings over the eight weeks prior to the matching week. This is followed by 33 weeks at SAP, which is the statutory rate applicable at the time or 90% of average weekly earnings whichever is lower. The flat rate is subject to review by the government every April and the current rate can be found on the website.

Subject to continuous employment with us for a minimum of 12 months, you may be eligible for enhanced adoption pay which includes being paid at your normal rate of pay for the first eight weeks of Adoption leave followed by the normal rate of SAP. If you resign within three months of returning from Adoption Leave, 50% of the difference between the enhanced adoption pay and SAP shall be repayable.