|Nearly three quarters of companies offer their employees more than the statutory maternity pay, new research has revealed.
Over half (52 per cent) of the 115 companies questioned in the Incomes Data Services (IDS) survey, employing some 470,000 people, do not think that the current statutory entitlement is enough.
Just one per cent of respondents said that the current arrangements for maternity pay are too generous.
Statutory paid maternity leave lasts for 39 weeks. Women are entitled to 90 per cent of their average weekly earnings for the first six weeks and £117.18 per week for the remaining 33 weeks.
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