Most people are eligible for 1 or 2 weeks paid Paternity Leave. Mothers can take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave.
'The Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) for eligible employees can be paid for up to 39 weeks, usually as follows: the first 6 weeks: 90% of their average weekly earnings (AWE) before tax the remaining 33 weeks: £140.98 or 90% of their AWE (whichever is lower)'
Some companies are more generous than others.
All of my friends who have had children have taken their full paternity/maternity leave entitlement.
It would be interesting to know the parental leave entitlements in all the three countries and also how many people take up the full entitlement.