Tanda's Wage Compare feature checks what an employee would have earned under a different employment classification. There are a number of use cases, the most common are:

  • Confirming that an individual flexibility agreement (IFA) contains sufficient entitlements compared to the relevant Award or Enteprise Agreement

  • Confirming that an annualised salary is sufficient to cover the entitlements of an Award or Enterprise Agreement, such as overtime and penalty rates

  • Confirming that an enterprise agreement covered employee is being paid the same or more than the relevant Modern Award

How it works

Wage Compare generates a report showing what an employee would have been paid under a different employment classification. The report uses the employees actual timesheets to provide a comparison between their actual payroll classification and the Wage Compare classification.

Enabling wage compare

To enable Wage Compare in your account, navigate to Settings > Feature Management. Once enabled, you will see a 'Wage Compare' tab in employee profile profiles.

Creating a Wage Comparison

  • To create a Wage Comparison, open an employee profile and navigate to the Wage Compare tab. Click the plus (+) button to create a new comparison

  • Enter the award, employment type and level of the classification you want to compare to

  • If you are looking to backtest previous timesheet periods, set the 'Effective From' date to match the beginning of your comparison period

Note: because Tanda will begin re-calculating all historical timesheets in the background, it can take up to 15 minutes from saving the comparsion to when the report is ready to run.

Running the Wage Comparison report

To run the Wage Comparison report, navigate to Reports > Wage Compare.

Only employees with a Wage Comparison configured will appear. For the period filtered, you will be able to compare the Timesheet Cost (what is being paid) vs the Comparison Cost (Wage Compare Set up).

In the example above, we paid the employee a salary of $1,153.85 for the period selected, and under the equivalent Full-Time set-up, they would have earned $1,076.05. This suggests they were paid $77.79 more for the period under their annual salary.

How to 'top up' an employees pay

If your award/EA suggests an employee's pay must be 'topped-up' in the event that their annualised salary works out to be less than what they would have been paid if they were paid overtime and penalty rates, you can use an allowance in Tanda as a method to add this top up payment.

To set up an allowance for this purpose:

  • Navigate to Compliance > Customise Your Setup > Allowances

  • Click '+ New Allowance' to create an allowance

  • For type of allowance, select manual allowance and for What rate is it paid at? select specific cost and enter a specific cost of $1 (Note: You can name this allowance whatever you like depending on how you would like it to appear in Tanda and on payslips. You can learn more about creating allowances here).

Once the allowance has been created, check the Wage Compare report to see which staff are currently being paid less than their compared cost (shown in red).

To add the allowance, head to the employee's timesheet. Unapprove the last shift in the timesheet, and click 'Add Allowance.' You can now enter the Cost Difference into the units field and then click save.

FAQ's and Troubleshooting

Will wage comparisons impact what is exported to payroll?

Setting up a Wage Compare will not impact the interpretation of timesheets that are sent to your payroll system. The calculations are only presented in the Wage Compare report, and will not show on timesheets.

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