24 Apr 2013

Decision on Novopay looming

9:42 pm on 24 April 2013

The Government says the Novopay school payroll system is in better shape, but it is looking at whether it is worth reverting to the previous system and then introducing a new one.

Novopay Minister Steven Joyce told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme that there may be more pain if the payroll system is changed. A decision will be made in the next fortnight.

Mr Joyce said mistakes accounted for less than 0.5% of the 88,000 payments in the last payroll.

Principals Federation president Philip Harding earlier said Novopay has become a toxic brand and there are serious doubts about whether it can survive.

In a 3News Reid Research poll, 75% of respondents said the Government should dump Novopay.

The poll surveyed just over 1000 people and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.