We receive many emails and phone calls from pregnant women asking us if it is worth claiming from UIF while you are on maternity leave.
To answer this question is to understand how much you stand to receive.
The Department of Labour pays out between 38% and 60% of your monthly basic salary but the pay-out is capped at R5500.
That means if your salary is above R14700 per month you will qualify for R5500 in maternity benefits per month.
The DoL pays for up to 4 months, meaning the maximum payment can be as high as R22000!
There are many variables whether you receive this much or not, such as duration of UIF contributions, previous claims, contributions from your employers and so on.
But even if you only qualify for R2000 per month if your salary is around R5000 per month, that can still add up to R8000 for four months!
And while it is certainly time-consuming to complete all the forms we believe it is worth it. After all you have been contributing to UIF for years, having small amounts deducted from your pay, so why would you throw money away by not claiming.
When you have a child, every Rand counts, trust us!