How many people are taking Shared Parental Leave?

28 December 2016

Shared Parental Leave was introduced in 2014 and entitles parents, of children born on or after 5 April 2015, to share up to 50 weeks of the mother’s Maternity Leave with their partner if they both qualify for Shared Parental Leave.

By law, a mother is not able to work for the first two weeks after childbirth, or four weeks if she works in a factory, and this initial period is known as Compulsory Maternity Leave.

Maternity Leave, for a mother, is for a maximum of 52 weeks. The earliest that Maternity Leave can start is the 11th week before expected childbirth and this leave is split into two periods

1. Ordinary Maternity Leave (This is the first 26 weeks of the Maternity Leave)
2. Additional Maternity Leave (This is a maximum of 26 weeks following Ordinary Maternity
Leave)
If the mother returns to work before the end of the full 52 weeks of Maternity Leave then she can share any remaining Leave with her partner, if they are eligible for Shared Parental Leave.

Shared Parental Leave can be taken by both the Mother and her partner at the same time or at different times but must take place within one year of the child’s birth.

By way of example; if a mother takes only her ordinary Maternity Leave and returns to work after 26 weeks of Maternity Leave, she will have 13 weeks of Shared Parental Leave, as will her partner (the remaining 26 weeks of Maternity Leave being divided between the mother and partner) to take within one year of the child’s birth and this can be taken by the mother and her partner at the same time or at a separate times.

As with Maternity Leave; there are eligibility criteria for Shared Parental Leave to apply and the correct notices need to be given to your employer in order to take the entitlement.

A recent CIPD ‘Labour Market Outlook’ Survey of 1,050 employers found that only 21% of those employers had received requests from male employees to take up Shared Parental Leave (between April 2015 and July 2016).

Of the 1,050 employers surveyed, only 353 firms had male employees that were eligible for Shared Parental Leave however 56% of those firms did not receive any requests for Shared Parental Leave to be taken and, on average, only 5% of those eligible had taken the opportunity for Shared Parental Leave.

Of the 1,050 employers surveyed, 357 firms had female employees that were eligible for Shared Parental Leave but 67% of those firms did not receive any requests for Shared Parental Leave to be taken and, on average, 8% of those eligible had taken the opportunity for Shared Parental Leave.

Why are so few taking up the opportunity for Shared Parental Leave?

The main reason that most employees will be turning down the opportunity of Shared Parental Leave will come down to finances.

On Maternity Leave, a mother is entitled, if eligible, to 90% of her usual pay, per week, in the first six weeks of Maternity Leave and in the next 33 weeks she is entitled to £139.58 a week or 90% of her usual pay if this is lower than £139.58 per week.

Shared Parental Leave is paid at £139.58 per week or 90% of the usual pay if this is lower than £139.58 per week for a period of 37 weeks.

This means that if the mother would have been entitled to a higher rate for the first six weeks but uses some of that as Shared Parental Leave, then the lower Shared Parental Leave rate will be payable.

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Kate Readings
01:30 13 May 20
I can’t praise Lennons Solicitors of Amersham enough, but especially to Ros Nolan and her PA Dianne for the... exceptional work they did in the sale of my house so recently. Ros was always prompt with all her responses, professional and so approachable when it came to any problems. We only completed last Friday and I am so VERY VERY grateful to her because without her hard work and total efficiency it could have been a very different story considering the news of today, and the impact it is having on the house sales market. Her fantastic services were reasonably priced and I would recommend Lennons and Ros to anyone looking for a fantastic local solicitor to help in the sale or purchase of any property. Thank you so much. Kateread more
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Andrew Hutchison
07:29 06 Mar 20
We used Ros at Lennons as our conveyancing solicitor for a house buy. As first time buyers we needed lots of guidance... which Ros happily gave. She was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. She was on top of everything and kept us informed along the way. I can highly recommend.read more
Pip H
Pip H
18:12 29 Feb 20
We recently completed on the sale and purchase of our home and Ros Nolan carried out our conveyancing work. For a... number of reasons, the transaction was rather long and protracted, so we were pleased to have Ros as our lawyer and very impressed with her readiness to go the extra mile. She was always easy to contact and ready to talk through any issue that concerned us. This is the second time Ros has acted for us and it felt like having a good friend 'in our corner’ helping to smooth out the problems and bring us to completion. Thankyou Lennons for a job well done!read more
Christina Halkiopoulos
Christina Halkiopoulos
09:21 04 Feb 20
Todd at Lennon's has been an absolute joy to work with during our property purchase - he's extremely knowledgeable,... helpful and efficient. He dealt with all of our queries in a timely and professional manner. We will absolutely look to Lennon's - and Todd in particular - for any future legal needs.read more
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Ben Mansfield
17:00 28 Jan 20
I used Rezaul Haque at Lennon's for a business contract and found them to be very efficient and excellent value for... money. Great communication throughout the process. I would highly recommend.read more
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nadia malik
21:21 27 Jan 20
We had an amazing experience working with Rezaul. Very honest and upfront. Very keen to help and very prompt with all... responses and any questions we had taking over the lease of a new shop. Thank you for all your help and friendly advice. Would definitely recommend.read more
Cynthia Hassell
Cynthia Hassell
16:09 21 Jan 20
A very pleasant experience with Ros Nolan, nothing was too much trouble for her to explain. Queries answered quickly... and professionally. It made buying and selling a good, trouble free experience with this Company, particularly with Ros Nolan. We would highly recommend them.read more
Gary M
Gary M
19:27 16 Dec 19
I could not have asked for a better conveyancer than Ros Nolan at Lennons to help me through my first house purchase.... From the first abortive purchase through to completion on my new home, Ros has been diligent, helpful, friendly, and highly competent. A massive thank you to both her and Diane for all their hard work.read more
Amy Sansom
Amy Sansom
14:03 04 Dec 19
Rezaul was brilliant at solving a corporate dispute for us and ensured procedure was followed to the letter. He was... always on hand for a quick phone call if needed and kept us up to date on the matter. Thank youread more
Mike Lennon
Mike Lennon
23:01 21 Oct 19
Andrew king from Lennons Solicitors is excellent at what he does. Having conducted research around various firms based... upon expertise and reviews I opted to instruct Lennon's Solicitors. My point of contact was Pauline Barber who took my initial information. I was then referred to Andrew in respect of a sensitive property / probate matter, which was a very stressful situation for my mother. Suffice to say Andrew was personal but professional in his approach, explaining everything in a way you can understand, whilst providing clear options in how to progress matters. He was helpful in resolving any queries and concerns which were raised. This not only helped me tremendously in obtaining the correct information he required but it also made matters stress free and easy for my mother to understand. Pauline assisted in proceedings when Andrew was not available and all messages left received prompt responses by both Pauline and Andrew. Overall Lennon's were selected for their reputation and expertise in the field i required. Suffice to say Lennon's did not fail to deliver and Andrew is a damn good solicitor, who I would recommend 100%.read more
Rachel Moore
Rachel Moore
12:50 16 Oct 19
I've used Todd Bowsher for buying/selling property twice now and both times have been straight forward and stress-free.... It became apparent to me in buying my latest flat the importance of having a good solicitor and I can't recommend Todd, and Lennons, highly enough.read more
Bob Falana
Bob Falana
12:21 14 Oct 19
Dear Todd, having worked with you on a number of property purchases over the last few years, I am delighted to offer my... feedback. You are a pleasure to work with, Always returning my calls and keeping me informed throughout the process. You make what could be a stressful time much easier and calmer, your advice has been valuable and accurate for sticky moments in the process. Thank you for a great service at a great price. Kind regards - Bobread more
Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
10:35 02 Oct 19
Lennons worked on a commercial lease for me. They performed this task quickly and efficiently. Easy to work with.
Martin Nash
Martin Nash
14:50 01 Oct 19
Ros at Lennons recently acted for me with a house purchase. Excellent service, she kept me well informed throughout,... the process, seemed really knowledgeable and chased things along when necessary. Would highly recommend. Competitive fee for a quality service. Thanks Ros.read more
Susan Harris
Susan Harris
11:04 26 Sep 19
I am very pleased that I instructed Rezaul from Lennons in Amersham to undertake some conveyancing work for me in... relation to my business. Rezaul communicated well and always kept me informed about how the process was going, along the way. He was also very easy to get along with and available to answer any questions. I will certainly use him for anything I may have in his expertise in the future!read more
Katie Hughes-Jones
Katie Hughes-Jones
11:23 18 Sep 19
We had a great experience with Todd at Lennons. He did everything he could to move things along as quickly and as... efficiently as possible as well as always been available for advice.read more
Dan Farrell
Dan Farrell
21:16 16 Sep 19
Efficient, diligent and understanding service from Todd and the team. We really appreciated the advice and accurate... conveyancing service.read more
Adam Gibson
Adam Gibson
14:03 05 Aug 19
Ros Nolan was a pleasure to work with on the purchase of our new home. Her expertise and knowledge helped in... maintaining an easy, smooth process. I'd highly recommend Ros' services to any other first time buyers.read more
Heidi Scully
Heidi Scully
18:49 26 Jul 19
I had never sold a house before and didn't know quite what to expect. Roz or Diane were always quick to answer the... phone or emails. The whole process ran smoothly and I was always kept informed along the way how things were going. Thank you very much !read more
Kieran Byrne
Kieran Byrne
14:29 28 Jun 19
I had the pleasure of dealing with Rezaul from Lennons in a couple of recent transactions, both residential and... commercial. I found him to be extremely professional and knowledgeable. He was also tenacious in protecting my interests. Altogether my experience of using Lennons was excellent, I will use them again and recommend them to friends.read more
Alison Chauhan
Alison Chauhan
11:32 25 Jun 19
Lennons Solicitors were highly recommended by 2 lots of friends and Lennons lived up to our expectations when selling a... house in York via probate and some very technical aspects linked to Land Registry - we live in Bucks - and the whole process was very efficient and economic under Ros Nolan who proved to be a very safe pair of hands. We were fully kept in the picture throughout the process with an outcome we were looking for. We will appoint Lennons for legal services in the future and would recommend Lennons to others as well. Alison an Bal Chauhanread more
Sarah Quane
Sarah Quane
11:54 19 Jun 19
We were recommended to use the services of Ros Nolan when selling our house in Chesham. Really grateful that we took... the advice as compared to some of the solictors in the chain, Ros was always readily available to speak to us, replied to emails promptly and gave us really good advice throughout the process. So much so, we have instructed her to act for a purchase on our sons behalf and again, Ros is readily available and gives our son, as a first time buyer, lots of time and reassures him whenever he has a question or query. Top marks for communication which when both buying and selling, is imperative. Highly Recommendread more
Chris Barrett
Chris Barrett
15:31 17 Jun 19
Rezaul dealt with the conveyancing of our residential property. As first time buyers, we were kept informed throughout... the process and exchange and completion were almost seamless. Many thanks for a smooth process, highly recommended.read more
Valerie Gollar
Valerie Gollar
15:53 05 Jun 19
Details of this firm appeared on line when I was researching a Land Registry form. After using their chat line I... received a call back from Mike Wragg and was given the information I required, and which I had been unable to access from the Land Registry site. Excellent advice and would definitely recommend.read more
Early New Business
Early New Business
09:41 22 May 19
Rezaul Haque did a great job for my family, purchasing the Freehold of their property. Rezaul acted in an efficient,... timely fashion, with a very professional manner at all stages of the transactionread more
Dick Tillett
Dick Tillett
14:24 25 Apr 19
Rezaul Haque has been a great help in what has been a difficult time. He has been very quick at returning phone calls... and emails. He handled my commercial property lease efficiently. I would not hesitate to work with him again and I would happily recommend Lennons.read more
Giles Leather
Giles Leather
11:44 15 Apr 19
Rezaul Haque was extremely professional and worked relentlessly to ensure a good result for all concerned. Thank you.
Victor Surana
Victor Surana
20:36 14 Mar 19
Professional service by first class solicitors. Ros Nolan did a fabulous job on sealing the deal for our first... property. She is a thorough professional who exceeded our expectations. It was a very assuring experience as Ros always kept us updated on the progress and proactively completed the paperwork well within the timelines. Overall, thanks to Ros, our expectations were exceeded. Will not hesitate to recommend her for all your legal works.read more
Rich Perfumerie
Rich Perfumerie
13:11 27 Feb 19
Rezaul did a fantastic job with our commercial lease. Wouldn’t hesitate to use him and Lennons again Highly... recommendedread more
Innervision 1
Innervision 1
10:29 11 Feb 19
Rezaul Haque from Lennons dealt with the lease on our new office. He was efficient, thorough and most professional... despite some trying circumstances. He made my job that much easier. Thank you.read more
Matt Crisp
Matt Crisp
17:21 29 Jan 19
Rezaul did a fantastic job on our corporate share holders agreements, great guy, great work, Many Thanks!
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