Only 1% of education staff across the country have Novopay problems and reported pay problems appear to have halved, economic development minister Steven Joyce says.
Mr Joyce, who was brought in to fix the embattled education pay roll system, says staff are working hard to prepare for pay period one – the first of the new financial year.
But the new financial year is expcted to throw up even more challenges for Novopay.
Meanwhile, Mr Joyce is waiting on a technical review of the Talent2 system before deciding whether or not to ditch it in favour of former provider Datacom, which has already provided a proposal to take it over.
The report, by Deloitte New Zealand chairman Murray Jack, is due in the next fortnight.
Mr Joyce already has the draft but once the final report is out it will be checked and sent to cabinet.
He has also just released a PwC report into last week’s pay period 24, which saw 844 staff from 406 schools not paid, overpaid or underpaid.
It included 286 people who were notified as not paid, 185 who were overpaid, while 373 were underpaid.
A fortnight earlier, almost double the number of staff from 447 schools complained of pay problems.
In last week’s cycle, a total of 84,822 people were paid $173.58 million – $13 million more than the previous payday.