Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Govt releases PwC report on Pay Period 3

Hon Steven Joyce
Minister Responsible for Novopay

7 May 2013

Govt releases PwC report on Pay Period 3

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today released the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on complaints and notifications in regards to Pay Period 3 of the schools’ payroll.

Pay Period 3 of the new financial year, which was paid on the morning of 1 May, paid 87,812 people a total of $164.55 million.

The PwC report shows that complaints and notifications were received regarding 0.26 per cent of staff across the country, 27 staff were notified as not paid, 80 were overpaid, and 121 underpaid. Affected staff were from 166 schools or 6.8 per cent of schools in the payroll system.

“This is the best performance we have seen since PwC began tracking the performance of the individual Novopay pay rounds in February,” Mr Joyce says.

“The result was well within the 0.5 per cent steady state error level identified by the technical review team. Three of the last four pay rounds have met that mark.

“At this stage indications show that Pay Period 4 is likely to have a similar low number of issues.”

Percentage of staff about which complaints and notifications receivedNumber of Schools affected
Pay Period 30.26%166
Pay Period 20.44%264
Pay Period 12.14%*386
Pay Period 260.43%232
Pay Period 251%406
Pay Period 241.90%447
Pay Period 232.20%628

*This was higher due to the one-off Voluntary Bonding error

Mr Joyce provided an update on the work to clear software bugs as part of the Novopay Remediation Programme.

Since the start of the Remediation Programme, 426 bugs have been resolved – including 53 Category Two (very serious). However, 197 new bugs have been identified over the same period.

“In total there are 379 outstanding bugs, including 20 Category Two ones.. This compares to 526 as at March 19. So we are making progress but there is a way to go yet.

“In order to ascertain exactly how many ‘live’ bugs there are that are impacting on schools, a reconciliation process has been undertaken to separate them into three categories: those in the development environment, the test environment, and the live-production environment,” Mr Joyce says.

“What this work has shown is that 316 of the 379 bugs – including the 20 Category Two ones – have an impact on schools in the ‘live’ production environment and they are being prioritised for resolution.

“The target under the Remediation Plan remains to have fewer than 10 very serious bug defects by the end of June.”

Mr Joyce says clearing the backlog of outstanding issues from previous pay periods remained a priority with 100 people now working in the Backlog Clearance Unit (BCU) in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

“Around 9,800 issues have been resolved but new queues in relation to tax and leave balances have been added to the list for resolution, and more issues have been raised by some schools as they have been contacted,” Mr Joyce says.

Outstanding tickets now number in total about 25,000, and include issues relating to past overpayments, underpayments, non-payments, leave balances and 2012/13 tax reconciliations.

The BCU with the help of the IRD is expected to resolve nearly all known outstanding 2012/13 financial year tax issues caused by Novopay for school employees by this Friday 10 May. This is obviously an immediate priority for the Ministry and the IRD on behalf of affected staff.

“I want to continue to thank affected staff, school administrators and principals for their on-going patience and professionalism in what are trying circumstances,” Mr Joyce says.

“We are seeing progress – especially from pay period to pay period – but we still have a lot of work to do to resolve the backlog of issues of the last nine months.”

The PwC report for Pay Period 3 is available here.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Countdown, And Mary Margaret O’Hara

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news