Second senior staffer quits ministry over Novopay

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Last updated 13:26 14/06/2013

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A second senior staffer at the Ministry of Education has quit in the wake of the Novopay payroll debacle.

It comes three days after the resignation of deputy secretary Anne Jackson.

Peter Hughes, the acting secretary for education, said that now resolved the employment matters related to the Novopay ministerial inquiry and the focus was on moving forward. He did not name the second person.

"These staff members made their own decisions and I have great respect for how they have acted. I received an offer of resignation before the release of the Inquiry report, but it was appropriate to wait until we could properly consider the findings."

The managers had acknowledged their part in some of the things that went wrong and had chosen to resign.

Both made considerable contributions during their time at the Ministry.

"The employment matters related to Novopay are now behind us, and the focus remains very clearly on getting the pay system working well for all school staff.

"We're making good and steady progress under the payroll business unit set up earlier this year under a new Deputy Secretary.

"The fortnightly pay runs have stabilised, the defects in the system are being resolved, the backlog clearance unit is making headway and business processes and communications have improved," Hughes said.

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