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Re: maternity benefits - the latest I have learned
« Reply #120 on: February 08, 2019, 08:46:10 AM »
Just a quick message to say I edited my original post to provide a bit more information.

Also, sorry if I came off as abrupt or rude, KF. I didn't mean to - I'm just super tired this morning. Having gone back and re-read my post, it doesn't "sound" very nice in my head when I do. So sorry about that!

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Re: maternity benefits - the latest I have learned
« Reply #121 on: February 08, 2019, 09:07:23 AM »
We found out today with a home test that I'm pregnant with our 2nd, possibly 6 weeks now. While we are super thrilled with this news I can't help but be a tiny bit bummed because I've made it so far (4th interview) with one of my job applications. So it would make the most sense for me to continue with my part time job at Sainsbury's because I'd be entitled to SMP by the 15th week prior to my due date. Am I right in my understanding of the SMP rules (for Scotland)? SMP is one of those public benefits that I can claim without affecting my spouse visa right?

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Re: maternity benefits - the latest I have learned
« Reply #122 on: February 08, 2019, 09:55:07 AM »
Congratulations!  This is only your second?  I have thought, this whole time, that you had two boys!

Anyway, I agree with KF and heyjay.  Continue with the application process.  Then if you're given the choice, do the maths to see which role gives you the best long-term outcome.  Keep all of your options open.  Yay!
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Re: maternity benefits - the latest I have learned
« Reply #123 on: February 08, 2019, 10:42:28 AM »
Definitely continue with the application if it' a job that look more interesting to you than your current job!! There is so much more to life than a job, so whichever would have higher satisfaction is the one to go for!!!

I am a weirdo in that I am actually going to get MORE from maternity allowance than I did from my most recent job! It's because right at the beginning of my 'qualifying' period, I was on a very high wage. Then i didn't work for four months. Then I started a job at 5 weeks pregnant that was very part-time, very low wage. Because of the way they calculate MA, I can use my previous high earnings and get maximum MA, instead of using my lower wage time and get less than the max MA. With MA you get up to the 145 figure per week or 90% of earning, whichever is lower, or that was my reading of the rules when I applied!!! But I'm really dumb with money (yay job at HMRC for when I return from 'maternity leave'. Watch out taxpayers!!!
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Re: maternity benefits - the latest I have learned
« Reply #124 on: February 08, 2019, 11:53:04 PM »
Thanks everybody! It hasn't really sunk in yet because we weren't even planning on having a second to be honest. I have a very irregular cycle where I can go for months without my period so I feel like I won the lottery!

Either way I have much to think about the job. On the one hand, part of me feels like I'm being unfair if I went in and said, hey by the way I'm pregnant so I'll be taking a year off come September. (But it is a really great job and company!) On the other hand, maybe this pregnancy just also made my decision easier for me because the job is in Glasgow and it would be a long commute from Edinburgh.

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