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

 


Start of year process affects pay periods

Hon Steven Joyce
Minister Responsible for Novopay

13 March 2014

Start of year process affects pay periods

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today released the reports on complaints and notifications received in regards to Pay Period 24 and 25 of the schools’ payroll.

Pay Period 24, which was paid on the morning of 19 February, paid 80,746 people a total of $163.79 million. The report for that pay shows complaints and notifications were received regarding 1.06 per cent of staff across the country, 274 staff were notified as not paid, 89 were overpaid, and 492 underpaid. Affected staff were from 615 schools or 25.41 per cent of schools in the payroll system.

Pay Period 25 paid 85,799 people a total of $174.31 million on the morning of 5 March. The complaints report for that payday shows that complaints and notifications were received regarding 0.78 per cent of staff across the country, 390 staff were notified as not paid, 42 were overpaid, and 234 underpaid. Affected staff were from 432 schools or 17.85 per cent of schools in the payroll system.

“The error rate for Pay Periods 24 and 25 is disappointing, although not unexpected given the Start of Year process,” Mr Joyce says. “At the start of each year a large number of data entry changes have to be made that affect 60-65 per cent of all staff on the payroll,” Mr Joyce says.

“I have previously stated that this process would likely lift the error rate for three or four pay periods, as it does every year. It is more challenging with Novopay as remediation work on the system continues. However, the error rate across the Start of Year process is significantly better than last year and the system will settle down again as the year proceeds.

“Pay Periods 23, 24 and 25 are the first pay periods above the 0.5 per cent acceptable steady state error level as defined by the Novopay technical review since April last year.

“The good news is that there have been very few software issues following the very significant work done on the programme in the last few months. The main problems have been traced to data entry errors, and the way the service centre model works, which continues to be very frustrating for school administrators.”

The service centre model is currently being revised with the sector in a process that started in September. The plan is to start introducing changes in the first half of this year.

“While significant work still needs to be done on the school payroll and it remains frustrating for school administrators, the Novopay system and software is running a lot better than this time last year with good progress made in stabilising and remediating it,” Mr Joyce says.

Percentage of staff about which complaints and notifications receivedNumber of Schools affected
Pay Period 250.78%*432
Pay Period 241.06%*#615
Pay Period 230.69%*268
Pay Period 220.18%68
Pay Period 210.25%92
Pay Period 200.34%166
Pay Period 190.19%111
Pay Period 180.079%62
Pay Period 170.093%68
Pay Period 160.084%58
Pay Period 150.21%118
Pay Period 140.18%133
Pay Period 130.15%108
Pay Period 120.12%109
Pay Period 110.21%151
Pay Period 100.27%173
Pay Period 90.12%76
Pay Period 80.22%156
Pay Period 70.26%177
Pay Period 60.30%197
Pay Period 50.39%234
Pay Period 40.42%247
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
* Start of school year pay 2014
** Start of school year pay 2013
# This was higher due to one-off Principal Career Structure payment error

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And
Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the Resource Management Act.

Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing, which happens to be another of the government’s most contentious, most ideologically-driven policy packages. Presumably, Key will be trying not to double down on the rhetoric, and thereby leave room for Labour leader Andrew Little to sound like the centrist voice of reason.

Key will have his work cut out, though. More>>

 

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news