Track your wage histories - DES




Why is this important?

The wage histories tracking device in a placement record lets you see how far you the jobseeker has to left to go to achieve their outcome requirements. It lets you track their remaining hours in employment, to make sure you never miss an outcome due date. This feature lets you:

  • Track the hours worked against the weekly benchmark and
  • Monitor progress toward the total hours remaining to achieve a full outcome
  • Track the required for claims for lodgement and


How it works

Wage histories are categorised based on the claim periods and summarise total hours and gross income entered by users.


The functionality is detailed as follows:

  1. Wage History records are entered, and the user selects which claim period it belongs/
  2. The following calculations then occur to establish the contribution of that entry toward the benchmark hours (explained below) for that claim.


  • Weeks that have passed to date since the claim period.

    • = (number of days in the current period - days in break) / 7


  •  Benchmark hours that should have been completed to date

    • Example: The number of hours that should have been worked so far to track toward a full outcome.    
    • = weeks completed in the current stage * lowest benchmark hours of combined placements


How to track wage histories

In order to enter a wage history record, you will need to have completed the below steps


You will need:

  • DES programme
  • Wage history feature enabled on in your site

    Contact the job ready team to activate this feature for you.


  1. Apply weeks completed * benchmark hours to the claim period calculation below:



Period Length

Period Start Date

DES 4 Weeks


weeks_completed * benchmark hours * 0.75

28 days

Placement Start Date

DES 13 Weeks

weeks_completed * lowest benchmark hours of placements with same anchor

91 days

Outcome Start Date (Anchor Date)

DES 26 Weeks

Day after 13 week claim due date, accounting for permissible breaks

DES 52 Weeks

182 days

Day after 26 week claim due date, accounting for permissible breaks


The number variance of the benchmark hours is displayed on the tabs are pictured below as follows:

  • Total hours are >= current benchmark hours = green
  • Total hours are < current benchmark hours = red


Benchmark Tracking (using Wage History entries)

There is a filter on the Support Tracker which helps identify jobseekers that are on track or not on track based on the Wage History entries.


The feature considers the placement 'on track'  based on hours meant to be completed at that week if any of the following are true:

  • The hours worked are greater than or equal to the benchmark hours at the point in time OR
  • No outstanding claims OR
  • All claims are finalised.






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