Retro Pay: Am I able to calculate the amount of the payment I will receive?

Retro Pay: Am I able to calculate the amount of the payment I will receive?

Answer

If you have the following information, you could be able to calculate the approximate amount of your retroactive payment:

  • how many paid hours* you worked between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020
  • how many paid hours you worked from April 1, 2020, up until the date the new rates are implemented (currently awaiting this date from SAHO) and paid out 
  • the ability to distinguish between regular pay and premium pay, and/or between paid hours of work and premiums such as weekend or shift differential

For the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, you would multiply your number of paid hours by your previous rate(s) of pay. That result would then be multiplied by 0.01 (which equates to the 1% general wage increase). You would make that calculation for each pay band in which you received wages. 

If you want to check your new rate(s) of pay for this period: multiply your previous rate(s) of pay  (for each pay band in which you received wages) by 1.01; this will result in your adjusted rate(s) of pay.

For the period April 1, 2020 to the date the new rates are implemented (again, currently awaiting this date from SAHO), you would multiply your number of paid hours, using the rate(s) of pay calculated for the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, multiplied by 0.02 (which equates to the 2% general wage increase). Once again, you would make that calculation for each pay band in which you received wages.

If you want to check your new rate(s) of pay for this period: multiply your adjusted rate(s) of pay (for each pay band in which you received wages) by 1.02.

*paid hours are hours paid directly by your employer; they do not include pay from a third party such as Workers' Compensation.