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Holiday pay when covering a maternity leave

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Vilette, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. If you take on a year long maternity cover, say from March to December, is a school obliged to pay you for August as if you were a permanent member of staff? Has anyone had experience of this and could respond with advice?

  2. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    If you are on contract yes you will. The only doubt could be December if the contract is set to expire at the beginning, not the end of the holiday (check the contract date to 31st December).
    The only other risk is if the post-holder returns before any holiday, they will get the pay and you will get none.
  3. Thanks for your prompt advice. Much appreciated.
  4. I worked Jan > December on maternity cover in one school and yes, got paid for August - depends how you're contracted though, if you're going through an agency probably not, if you're going through an LEA you should be ok... if the post holder decides to return on the last day of the summer term - you're snookered.
  5. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    The postholder can even 'return' on the first day of anyy holiday period and go back on full pay whilst the LA contract paid supply teacher stops getting paid on the last day of term in school (subject to being given the stipulated notice period).
    Agency teachers are only ever paid for the days that they work, with a holiday element included in their daily rate even though it still falls short of proper teacher pay.
    An LA paid supply teacher would be better working a summer term on daily rate, rather than contract, if it looked like the postholder intended to 'return to work' for the summer holiday period.
    If you are on a temporary contract that means that you are still employed after a holiday period, you will be paid throughout the holiday periods in question and have your own entitlement to sick pay if you fall ill.

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