Principals want new payroll system

STEVEN JOYCE: Minister responsible for Novopay.
STEVEN JOYCE: Minister responsible for Novopay.

Each school has on average more than five staff being paid incorrectly, a survey has found.

A New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF) survey of 714 principals shows the payroll system is not working adequately after a year and a half in operation. 

Steven Joyce, the minister responsible for Novopay, last month said the system had improved and that the number of complaints about pay had been reduced. Nonetheless, the survey found that each school had an average of 5.89 staff members paid incorrectly on the latest pay day.

NZPF president Phil Harding said two in three schools still had unresolved problems from last year.

''We always expect the first pay round of the year to be a bit challenging, but this error rate is way beyond anything we imagined.''

He was not surprised' that 72 per cent of principals had no confidence in Novopay.

''We cannot ignore this direct feedback from schools, which tells us that the Novopay saga is far from over,'' Harding said.

''Government has already poured millions of tax-payers' dollars into patching and propping up a payroll system that continues to let schools down, when it was supposed to create significant savings.''

The unbudgeted costs associated with the Novopay ''debacle'' must be ''eye-watering'', he said.

He suggested the Government start looking for a replacement payroll system.

The Press