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Getting pregnant whilst on a temporary contract

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by saz19, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    My partner and I have recently decided to try for a baby. This has been after about a year of agonising over the decision because I am on a temporary contract. This is my second year on a temporary contract in the same school and there isn't a permanent job in the school, I'm there due to outside work the deputy head does which means she can't have a class. The head has said that she wants me there next year but it's all down to budget and would only be temporary again.

    If I was lucky enough to get pregnant soon does anyone know if I would even be eligible for statutory maternity pay as my job would finish in August and baby wouldn't be due until November at the earliest. I'm a bit confused about it all!

    Also if the budget was sorted and they offered me another temporary job and then I became pregnant where would I stand?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Sarah x
     
  2. Hi,
    My partner and I have recently decided to try for a baby. This has been after about a year of agonising over the decision because I am on a temporary contract. This is my second year on a temporary contract in the same school and there isn't a permanent job in the school, I'm there due to outside work the deputy head does which means she can't have a class. The head has said that she wants me there next year but it's all down to budget and would only be temporary again.

    If I was lucky enough to get pregnant soon does anyone know if I would even be eligible for statutory maternity pay as my job would finish in August and baby wouldn't be due until November at the earliest. I'm a bit confused about it all!

    Also if the budget was sorted and they offered me another temporary job and then I became pregnant where would I stand?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Sarah x
     
  3. Hi Saz19,

    I am in the same position, on a 1 year contract and ttc. As far as I understand it, if your qualifying week (which is 15 weeks before the baby is due) is before the end of august, when your contract ends, you are elligible for maternity pay.. So if your baby would be due before the middle of december, you can say you are starting maternity leave at the end of august and get SMP
    If the baby is due after that, and your contract ended, you would still be able to get maternity allowance from the government, but not SMP.

    Look at this link, under the section 'If your contract ends', at the bottom of the page.

    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/specialist-guides/technical-guidance/ni17a-a-guide-to-maternity/statutory-maternity-pay-smp/eligibility/
     
  4. Hi again,

    Just read back what I wrote...ignore the part about starting maternity leave at end of august, as you wouldnt be on maternity leave (because you cant take that until 11th week before baby due). Your employment would end, but the employer would still have to pay you SMP, as the info on that link shows
     
  5. Hello! Thank you very much for your reply, very helpful.
    Good luck with ttc!
    x
     
  6. Smurf191

    Smurf191 New commenter

    A lady in my school has been on temporary contracts for 2years and has just been told as she's done 2 years service she is now entitled to a permanent contract. I don't know the ins and outs of the details but it's something to look in to and see if this is a general rule.
     
  7. Hi Saz,

    I am pregnant and in my second year of a temporary contract with the same school. My baby is due before the contract ends and I am entitled to full maternity pay. I have been told if I do not return to work I will have to pay the 12 weeks at 1/2 pay back . If there is no job at my school I am hoping to supply for the same LA- to make up thr 13 weeks I have to work not to have to pay the money back. I hope this makes sense- much rambling.
    Beaties x
     
  8. Also Saz, I am pretty sure that you cannot be kept on a temporary contract for a rolling three years. You are entitled to be made permanent or let go after this time. Sounds like the school love you and are hoping to do the former!
     
  9. like others have said - temporary contracts become permanent after 2 years - this has happened to a few people at work
    x
     

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