ITALY: 20 weeks on 80 per cent of full salary, equivalent to 17 weeks on full pay. Maternity benefit is payed for by employers.
LUXEMBOURG: 16 weeks on 100 per cent salary. Maternity benefit is funded by the state.
GREECE: 16 weeks on 100 per cent salary. Employer/employee contribution (broadly similar to national insurance) on a 2:1 ratio.
NETHERLANDS: 16 weeks on 100 per cent salary. Employer/employee contribution - 5:1.
GERMANY: 14 weeks on 84 per cent of salary, equivalent to 13.5 weeks' full pay. Employer/employee contribute 1:1 to a 'sickness and maternity' fund. The employer then tops up payment from the fund to 100 per cent of pay.
SPAIN: 16 weeks on 75 per cent of pay, equivalent to 12 weeks on full pay. Employer/employee contribution - 5:1.
BELGIUM: Four weeks on 82 per cent of pay, then 10 weeks on 75 per cent of full pay, equivalent to 11 weeks' full pay. Employer/employee contribution - 2:1.
IRISH REPUBLIC: 14 weeks on 70 per cent of pay, equivalent to 10 weeks' full pay. Employer/employee contribution 2-3:1.
UNITED KINGDOM: After at least two years' service with employer, 90 per cent of earnings for 6 weeks followed by 12 weeks at a flat rate of pounds 47.95, equivalent to 8 weeks' full pay. Other working women or recently employed women receive either pounds 47.95 or pounds 43.75 for 18 weeks. This is equivalent to 4 weeks' full pay. The state pays for the bulk of statutory maternity benefits.Reuse content