Which earnings period is taken into account when calculating entitlement to statutory adoption pay?

In order to be entitled to statutory adoption pay an employee must have average earnings equal to or more than the lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions. For these purposes average weekly earnings are calculated over the eight-week period ending with the week in which the employee is notified of having been matched with the child for adoption.

Where the child is being adopted from overseas, average weekly earnings are calculated over the eight-week period ending with the week in which official notification of the adoption is sent to the adopter, or, if the employee has changed employer in the meantime, ending with the week in which the employee completes 26 weeks' continuous service with the new employer.