Adoption Pay


Depending on your length of service one of the following three options are likely to apply, providing you give the correct notification and evidence to the University:

Enhanced University Adoption Pay

To qualify for Enhanced University Adoption Pay you will have a contract of employment, full-time or part-time, on terms and conditions in excess of the statutory, have a minimum of 52 weeks' continuous service with the University, ending with the week in which you are notified of being matched with a child for adoption and have given notice of your intention to return to work.

Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)

Adoption leave is a "day one right", meaning employees do not need 26 weeks' continuous leave to become eligible for Adoption Leave.

From 5 April 2015, SAP will change to mirror maternity pay, specifically the first 6 weeks will be paid at 90% of the employee's normal earnings.

No pay

If you have been continuously employed in the University’s service for less than 26 weeks ending with the week in which you are notified of being matched with a child for adoption you will qualify for unpaid adoption leave of up to 26 weeks.

Please read the Adoption Leave Policy for further details. The adoption flowcharts (which relate to service) summarise the key information you need.

Once you have completed and returned the adoption application form with matching certificate to Human Resources, you will be sent a letter detailing your adoption pay entitlement.

You will receive any increases to pay that you are awarded during adoption leave either during adoption leave itself wherever possible, or in arrears on return from adoption leave.


Last edited Jun 24, 2016

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