PNG Government Fixes Payroll Glitch: Public Workers Paid

admin's picture

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

IT problems lead to salaries being paid late to 116,000

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 19, 2016) – The Government payroll was restored yesterday and salaries for about 116,000 public servants remitted, Finance Secretary Ken Ngangan and Personnel Management Secretary John Kali said yesterday.

The Government spends K85 million [US$27 million] a fortnight on salaries for 116,000 public servants.

Dr Ngangan and Mr Kali told reporters that last week and this week, the Finance Department had experienced a major breakdown in its information and communication systems. These IT issues affected the email system, the integrated financial management system (IFMS) and government payroll.

"While our technical officers have managed to restore the government IFMS and the email services back to normal, restoration of the government payroll has been more difficult and has taken a much greater time.

"This has resulted in the delay in processing government payroll this week.

"Restoration of the government payroll and processing of pay for up to 116,000 staff on payroll is not a straightforward exercise. "To ensure the integrity of the database, the payroll recovery process has been necessarily slow using manual processing while the computer systems have been down," Dr Ngangan said.

He said every effort has been taken to ensure that all public servants receive a normal net pay into their bank accounts.

However, it is possible that a small number of staff could have zero pay.

"Despite all the challenges, we are pleased to say that the payroll has been processed and the majority of normal pays have been delivered to the banks. Public servants will have received their pay by Friday afternoon.

"As a result of these technical problems, the two Departments of Finance and Personnel Management have resolved to work more closely together in future to ensure that public servants are not inconvenienced again with delays in their pay.

"On behalf of the Government we thank public servants for their patience and for continuing to work normally during this short period of uncertainty in their pay," they said.

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment