Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

Temporary workers are entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay if you meet the following criteria:

  • You must be employed by Keystone Employment Group for 26 consecutive weeks up to and including 15 weeks prior to the date of confinement.
  • You must submit medical evidence (MATB1). This cannot be produced until 14 weeks before the expected week of confinement.
  • The earliest week Maternity pay can start is 11 weeks before the expected week of confinement.

How much do I get paid for SMP?

If you qualify for SMP, it is paid:

  • for the first six weeks at 90 per cent of your average gross weekly earnings with no upper limit
  • for the remaining 33 weeks at the lower of either the standard rate of £145.18 or 90 per cent of your average gross weekly earnings

How can I claim SMP?

  • You must provide us with a MATB1 form and then tell us when you want your SMP to start from.
  • Payments will be then processed on a weekly basis.

What if I have not worked long enough to claim SMP?

  • You will need to contact the payroll department and ask them to complete an SMP1 form. This form states that SMP cannot be paid to you. 
  • Once you have this you can claim Maternity Allowance from Jobcentre plus. The contact number is 0800 055 66 88 and you will need to request a MA1 form. You can also download the claim form here.
  • Fill in the MA1 form and send it to the Jobcentre Plus with the SMP1 form and your Maternity Certificate MATB1.
  • N.B. You must claim Maternity Allowance promptly. If you claim Maternity Allowance more than three months after the date your Maternity Allowance is due to start you will lose money.
  • For more information about your maternity rights, Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance go