Paternity leave and pay

Wherever you work, you may be entitled to one or two weeks of ordinary paternity leave.


Whether you can take paternity leave will depend on how long you have been with your employer and your relationship to the mother.

Depending on your earnings level, you may also be entitled to ordinary statutory paternity pay.

If you work in the NHS and are a biological or adoptive father, nominated carer or same-sex partner, you are entitled to two weeks’ maternity support (paternity) leave. This is regardless of how long you have worked for the NHS.

If you have worked continuously in the NHS for 12 months, you will be entitled to two weeks’ occupational maternity support (paternity) pay.

If you are employed outside the NHS, you will need to check your contract to see if you have entitlements beyond the statutory minimum.

Biological and adoptive parents may opt to share part of the mother's 52 weeks’ statutory maternity leave under the shared parental leave scheme.

More details are contained in our information paper on paternity leave and pay.

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