I'm not sure if this is even technically allowed?!
Long story short, I'm expecting a baby in May. We're thrilled but it will mean I'm not working! Both fiancé and I work ft but on low wages - he earns around £1500 pm and I earn around £1000.
Is it permitted to work at all during MAT leave? I don't mean in my ft job, but maybe say doing private tuition or something in that (I'm a qualified teacher)?
Our rent alone is £900 pm so don't see how we can really manage on £1,500 pm!!!
What makes it complicated even further... we don't qualify for any benefits as I have savings from my divorce. The plan was/is to use these savings as a mortgage deposit. However, no way we are going to be offered a mortgage on just fiancé's salary alone.
If you're on Mat leave though do you qualify for SMP or MA? That could be around £500/month depending on your entitlement. You can work up to 10 days KIT at your normal place of work but yes, if you have 2 jobs, as long as you meet the requirements for MA/SMP then you could return to 1 employment before the other.