When will an employee who is adopting a child qualify for statutory shared parental pay?

An employee (whether the adopter (ie the person who will take adoption leave) or their partner) will qualify for statutory shared parental pay if they:

  • have at least 26 weeks' continuous employment ending with the week of notification of matching with a child for adoption and remain in continuous employment with that employer until the week before the first week that shared parental pay is payable;
  • have normal weekly earnings of at least the lower earnings limit for national insurance contribution purposes for a period of eight weeks ending with the week of notification of matching;
  • have the main responsibility (apart from the responsibility of the other adoptive parent) for the care of the child at the date of placement for adoption; and
  • have complied with the relevant notice and evidence requirements.

Further, for the adopter to qualify for statutory shared parental pay:

  • they must be entitled to statutory adoption pay in relation to the child and have reduced the adoption pay period; and
  • their partner must have:
    • been employed or self-employed during at least 26 of the 66 weeks before the week of notification of matching;
    • average weekly earnings of at least £30 for any 13 of those 66 weeks; and
    • the main responsibility for the child at the date of placement (apart from the responsibility of the adopter).

For the adopter's partner to qualify for statutory shared parental pay, the adopter must:

  • have been employed or self-employed during at least 26 of the 66 weeks before the week of notification of matching;
  • have average weekly earnings of at least £30 for any 13 of those 66 weeks;
  • be entitled to statutory adoption pay in relation to the child and have reduced the pay period; and
  • have the main responsibility for the child at the date of placement (apart from the responsibility of the partner).