Employee benefits and pensions

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When you work in Scotland you may be entitled to employee benefits depending on your individual circumstances. Benefits are likely to include leave from work, sick pay, maternity pay and a pension.

Statutory Sick Pay

If you become ill and cannot work for more than four days in a row, but less than 28 weeks, you may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay from your employer.

Maternity pay

If you’re pregnant, you may be eligible for maternity pay from your employer. Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) allows you to take time off work both before and after your baby is born.

SMP is paid for up to 39 weeks from when you take leave from your job. You and your employer may agree other terms, but this is not required by law. Your partner is also entitled to up to two weeks of paternity leave – in addition to another 26 weeks if you decide to return to work early.

State Pension

If you are eligible, the government will pay you a State Pension when you reach the national retirement age – normally between 60-65 years old. This is a weekly payment. However, the amount you’re eligible for depends on the number of years you have paid National Insurance from your salary in the UK.