Maternity Information and FAQs

Sources of Information

There are a variety of sources of information on maternity that should be able to answer most questions you may have:

There are also a number of people you can contact if you have any queries that remain unanswered or if anything needs clarification:

  • For all general queries related to maternity please contact your HR team in the first instance
  • For all queries related to pay please contact the Payroll Team
  • For all queries related to pensions please contact the Pensions Office

Support before, during and after maternity

There are a variety of sources of support for women during pregnancy, maternity leave and on their return to work. These include:

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Pay FAQs

Is it possible for my actual take home (net) pay during their maternity leave be calculated in advance?

It is not practicable for the Payroll Team to calculate this for every member of staff who goes on maternity leave, however they can of course be contacted with any specific queries you may have.

How do I know which maternity pay option will be the most beneficial for me?

You can request the details of the two options from the Payroll Team so that you can then make a decision about which is best for you.

What order are deductions taken from my wages?

Start: Gross Pay/Ref Pay*/Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

1. Salary exchange deducted [calculated on Ref/SMP]

2. Childcare Vouchers deducted

3. Tax and National Insurance deducted [calculated on remaining pay]

4. Car Parking charges deducted – standard amount

*Ref Pay is how your wages show on your payslip if you are in the salary exchange scheme.

For more information or any other queries related to pay please contact the Payroll Team

The Equality Act 2010

Pregnancy and Maternity is a Protected Characteristic under The Equality Act 2010 - for more information please read the Equality and Diversity Team’s Pregnancy and Maternity web page.

Please feel free to contact the Equality and Diversity Team with any queries or feedback.


Information on paternity can be found on our Paternity Information and FAQs page.

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