Maternity pay varies depending on your job and situation. Some companies offer full pay for a whole year, imagine that! Others offer a middle ground of a top up with a written contract that you have to work an agreed amount of weeks upon your return or else you have to pay the top up money back. Others don’t offer anything and you are left with statutory pay. So you have up to 12 months off work with your little one, but after a few weeks or months you soon realise your maternity pay SUCKS.