Maternity and Work

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to at 56 days (8 weeks) fully paid maternity leave.  Of these 56 days, a worker can either take:

- 4 weeks before confinement and 4 weeks after confinement; or

- two weeks before her confinement and six weeks after her confinement


If a women worker absents herself from work even after completion of 8 weeks of maternity leave due to some illness resulting from pregnancy or delivery on the recommendation of a medical practitioner, such leave is considered sick leave.


Sources: §47 of Labour Bill, 2011


The maternity leave is granted with full pay and the pay during leave period is financed by the employer.

Sources: §47 of Labour Bill, 2011

Free Medical Care

The South Sudanese Constitution requires that the state shall provide maternity and child care and medical care for pregnant and lactating women. However, no statutory provisions/laws have been enacted to provide these services.

Source: §16(4c) of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011

Regulations on Maternity and Work

  • Labour Act, 2017