Last week I wrote about how stressed out I was about receiving only 55% of my income while on maternity leave. I did a little research, I am a curious person, I wanted to know what other countries received, if anything for maternity leave. Here’s what I found. I was blown away.
United States of America: 12 weeks unpaid leave. Papua New Guinea also does not have paid leave.
Iceland: 3 months of paid leave at 80% of their income
Germany: 14 weeks of paid leave at 100% of their income
Japan: 14 weeks of paid leave at 67% of their income
New Zealand: 14 weeks paid leave, 38 weeks unpaid. The paid leave is 100% of their income
Switzerland: 14 weeks paid leave at 80% of their income
Belgium: 15 weeks of paid leave. They split it up a little differently. 82% for the first 30 days and then 75% for the rest of the maternity leave
Finland: 105 days at 70% of their income. Paid maternity leave starts at 50 days before your due date and the continues for 4 months after giving birth. Finland also has a system call Paternal Allowance, this allows the ment to take time off work as well.
France: 16 weeks at 100% of their income. Postpartum leave is taken very seriously in France. This 16 weeks is broken up 6 weeks BEFORE birth and 10 weeks AFTER. If the family has more than 2 kids, the Mum can take an additional 2.5 years for job protected family leave. If you have two or more kids, the family is entitled to cash payments from the government.
Spain: 16 weeks at 100% of their income
Greece: 119 days at 50% of their income
Australia: 18 weeks are paid but can take up to a year off. The % at which they received was very unclear. It is not called maternity leave, it’s call parental leave, meaning either Mum or Dad can take the time off.
Portugal: 120 – 150 days. 100% for 120 days and 80% of the income for 150 days
Poland: 20 weeks at 100% of their income
Russia: 140 days at 100% of their income
Italy: 5 months at 80% of their income
Ireland: 26 weeks at 80% of their income
Croatia: 52 weeks at 100% of their income
Denmark: 52 weeks at 100% of their income
United Kingdom: 52 weeks at 90% of their income
Sweden: 420 days at 80% of their income
Interesting. I know i have learnt a few things.
While Canada isn’t the best, it’s most certainly not the worst. Still not happy with the 55% but it’s better than nothing.