How Much Does UIF Pay for Maternity Leave?

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides maternity leave benefits that range from 38% to 58% of your salary, up to a maximum of R12478 per month. Understanding how to claim these benefits can help ensure you receive the financial support you need during maternity leave.

Understanding UIF Maternity Benefits

Under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, pregnant workers are entitled to take maternity leave. The Unemployment Insurance Act covers all employers and workers, except for specific categories such as public servants and those working less than 24 hours a month for an employer.

Who Can Claim?

If you are on maternity leave and contribute to the UIF, you can claim benefits. This includes workers who have experienced a miscarriage in the third trimester or had a stillborn child, eligible for six weeks of benefits.

Who Cannot Claim?

Workers who have claimed other benefits from the Department of Labour in the last four years or those who do not have UIF deductions from their salary cannot claim. Also, non-South African citizens and business owners generally cannot claim.

Steps to Claim Maternity Benefits

Step 1: Prepare Documents

Gather the following documents:

  • 13-digit bar-coded ID or passport
  • Form UI-19 (completed by employer)
  • Form UI-2.7 (completed by employer)
  • Form UI-2.8 (for banking details)
  • Form UI-2.3 (application form)
  • Form UI-4 (follow-up form)
  • Medical certificate from a doctor or birth certificate of the baby

Step 2: Visit the Labour Centre

Submit your documents at the nearest labour centre. If you’re unable to go in person, someone else can go on your behalf. The staff will assist with the process and provide additional information.

Step 3: Follow Instructions

Adhere to any further instructions from the labour centre staff, such as visiting a doctor or returning at specified times. Compliance is essential to ensure your claim is processed.

Leave Duration and Contact Information

Pregnant workers are entitled to a minimum of four consecutive months of maternity leave. For assistance, contact the Department of Labour at 046 622 2104. Claire is the staff member handling maternity leave UIF applications in Grahamstown.

Common Myths Debunked

There’s a rumor that the Department can access your bank account and reject your application if you receive money. This is not true. They only need your bank details to ensure the account is active and in your name.

Also, contrary to popular belief, you can claim maternity benefits even if you’ve claimed before within the last 4 years. However, if you’ve claimed sick or unemployment benefits in that period, you might not qualify.

Salary (Monthly)UIF Benefit (Daily)UIF Benefit (Monthly)
R12,478 or moreR155.89R4,676

Remember, no tax is paid on these benefits, so you get to keep the full amount. This additional income can be a huge relief during your maternity leave.

People Also Ask

If my employer pays a portion of my salary, can I still claim UIF?

Yes, you can. If your employer pays less than 100% of your salary, you can claim the remaining percentage from the UIF.

When should I submit my UIF application?

You should submit your application at least eight weeks before your maternity leave begins, but the application can only be processed once you no longer receive your full salary.

How long can I claim maternity UIF benefits?

You can claim for up to 121 consecutive days (four months) depending on how long you have worked before submitting your claim. The Department of Labour calculates this based on the last four years worked.

How much can I expect to receive from the UIF?

The UIF pays between 38% and 58% of your salary, up to a maximum of R12478 per month. For instance, if you earn R5000 per month, you can expect about R2188 monthly.

How long will it take to receive my first payment?

It takes between 3-6 weeks from the date of submission for the application to be approved and the first payment to be made.

Can the Department of Labour access my bank account?

No, the Department only verifies that your bank account is active and ensures payments are made to the correct account. The account must be in your name.

Can I claim maternity benefits again within four years?

Yes, you can claim maternity benefits again even within four years of a previous claim, unless you have claimed for sick or unemployment benefits during this period.

What if I am paid by the hour?

Add the last six months’ salary and divide by six to determine the monthly salary and UIF contribution for the UI.19 and UI2.7 forms.

Is the UIF amount taxable?

No, the UIF benefits are not taxable.

How does UIF payments work for maternity leave?

UIF payments are calculated based on your salary, with the benefits ranging from 38% to 58%. Payments are made monthly, and you must provide proof of maternity leave each month.

What percentage does UIF pay for maternity leave?

UIF pays between 38% and 58% of your salary, depending on your earnings. The maximum monthly benefit is capped at R12478.

How much will UIF pay me on maternity leave?

The amount you receive from UIF during maternity leave depends on your salary, ranging from 38% to 58% of your monthly earnings, up to a maximum of R12478.

What documents do I need to claim UIF for maternity leave?

You need a 13-digit bar-coded ID, various completed forms (UI-19, UI-2.7, UI-2.8, UI-2.3, UI-4), and a medical certificate or birth certificate of the baby.


Chinua Achebe, with a decade of expertise in SASSA and NSFAS, is your trusted guide in navigating these vital support programs. Count on his experience to help you access the assistance you need.

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