BREAKING NEWS
Ted Cruz quits Republican US presidential race ... Read more
Close

Back-patting from Novopay minister

Last updated 17:33 17/01/2014

Relevant offers

Education

Beginner teachers face debt and despair from a lack of jobs Principal calls police to get 6-year-old down from Hastings school roof Southland school suppression case heard in court McCready wants Asian supermarkets to join WINZ payment card scheme 'Power rangers' to save the cloudy day as Timaru school goes off the grid Deanwell gets $140,000 playground for school and community Kids are leaving Māori medium education between kōhanga reo and kura Students are challenging decisions on their allowances through reviews Otago University exam paper thief ordered to pay reparations Te Wananga o Aotearoa spends hundreds of thousands on new brand

Backs are being patted all round as the Novopay school payroll service starts 2014 in much better shape than it was in a year ago.

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce said improvements in the system were "tributes to the hard work done by school administrators and Novopay staff and contractors".

As signs of progress, he pointed to a low error rate for the end-of-year process, and the fact that 100 per cent of school payroll administrators entered their data within the required time frame for the process.

For pay period 20, paid on December 21, complaints and notifications were received regarding 0.34 per cent of staff across the country - 25 staff were notified as not paid, 99 were overpaid, and 138 underpaid. Affected staff were from 166 schools or 6.77 per cent of schools in the payroll system.

For pay period 21, paid on January 8, complaints and notifications were received regarding 0.25 per cent of staff across the country - 32 staff were notified as not paid, 54 were overpaid, and 61 underpaid. Affected staff were from 92 schools or 3.71 per cent of schools in the payroll system.

"End of year is a very busy time with considerable administrative changes needing to be made," Joyce said.

"The education payroll is like no other in the country in terms of the complexity of this work and the 2012/13 end-of-year process was when many errors occurred and problems with the new system were highlighted."

Schools and the Novopay team were also making good progress with the start-of-year process. Two-thirds of schools completed their start-of-year process before Christmas, and that number had since increased to 95 per cent, Joyce said.

"While Novopay has passed one of its biggest tests, more work needs to be done and is being done. This includes completing the start-of-year process, upgrading parts of the system that record length of service and completing outstanding work on leave balances.

"Meanwhile, work to collect past overpayments continues."

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content