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:
- Wage History records are entered, and the user selects which claim period it belongs/
- 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.
- Apply weeks completed * benchmark hours to the claim period calculation below:
Period Start Date
DES 4 Weeks
weeks_completed * benchmark hours * 0.75
Placement Start Date
DES 13 Weeks
weeks_completed * lowest benchmark hours of placements with same anchor
Outcome Start Date (Anchor Date)
DES 26 Weeks
Day after 13 week claim due date, accounting for permissible breaks
DES 52 Weeks
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.