0370 270 6000

Pay chaos causes a headache for heads

16 August 2012

Lancashire head teachers are fielding hundreds of complaints from staff after a payroll error has led to overpayments by the LA’s payroll provider. Reports include supply teachers being paid one days’ pay for each hour they had worked.

So can staff keep the money? In this case it appears that the payments are one off large overpayments rather than a small increase over a sustained period. It should have been obvious to staff that they weren’t entitled to the money and should be paying it back. This has put head teachers in a difficult position, as they are having to deal both with the complaints and with getting the money returned.

One solution could be to agree to deduct the overpayment from pay over a period of time?

Related opinions

The role of benchmarking in setting pay in schools

The use of salary benchmarking data is common place in most sectors in the UK and it’s great to see that CST’s salary survey for school trusts is growing with a higher number of participating organisations and included job roles. This years’ survey includes over 2000 job roles and 147 participating organisations.

View blog

How does the UK Education Sector fare amidst the energy crisis?

The world is currently living through one of the most significant global energy crises that has been seen in modern times, with energy prices and bills soaring at an unprecedented rate. With the added pressures of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the slowdown in China’s economy, these soaring energy prices are continuing to strangle the global economy.

View blog

Grammar schools revisited?

The words “Grammar schools” are once again being whispered in government and the question of whether the creation of new grammar schools will finally be implemented as a central focus to DFE policy has re-surfaced.

View blog

Why you shouldn’t buy a dragon with school budget

As a result of a recent Charity Commission legal action, the former trustee of a Welsh charity was ordered to pay over £117,000 to Wrexham charities which support cancer patients.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up