Ive recently become a dad again and my work wernt to happy with the 2 weeks i had off as my other half went in late at night and i was due in work at 7am the following morning. However they had to allow me to have the time off and cover my shifts. The pay was 90% of my usual pay or £95, whichever is the lesser amount, per week. So for the 2 weeks i got £195 To the OP, have a google for Flexible Working, as you now have the right to ask for a more flexible working pattern where you can suggest the hours you wish to work. Ive recently done this and i asked to have my hours reduced from 48 hours to 32 hours and i also asked that I have the amount of night shifts i do reduced. They agreed and now i do 32 hours a week, and instead of nights every other weekend i now do them one weekend in 4 so thats not bad.