Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (224)

James Browne

Ceist:

224. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 234 of 3 December 2019, the position regarding the postal delivery of payslips to teachers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51778/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

There are 120,000 staff paid on a fortnightly basis on the payrolls operated by my Department. The primary objective is to ensure that the staff are paid on time and correctly. My Department has a legal obligation with under Section 4 of the Payment of Wages Act to provide each school employee with a payslip. My Department is in compliance with this legislation.

It is my Department’s aim to provide more services online for school employees whilst at the same time being cognisant of delivering a service to those employees who do not wish to use, or are unable to use, digital services. .

The provision of a self-service facility where it will be possible for staff to access their payslips is included as part of the upgrading and modernisation of the schools employees payroll project which is being progressed at present.

In relation to Education and Training Boards (ETBs), currently ETB payroll is delivered through 16 local payroll processing locations and the aim of the ongoing ETB Payroll Shared Services project is to consolidate the payroll function across multiple sites into a single shared services environment in the Education Shared Business Services (ESBS) Centre. Following the finalisation of a detailed procurement process, a contract was signed in May 2018 with CoreHR for the provision of a payroll and T&S system. This system will be used to run the payroll function for all ETBs once the ESBS Centre becomes fully operational. Ultimately, this new system will pay the 27,000 payees that are currently being paid by 16 ETBs across Ireland. The migration of each of the 16 ETB payroll functions will happen in phases and the first of these migrations has commenced in 2019. As each of the 16 ETB payrolls migrate to the ESBS Centre all their employees will have access to online payslips only.