Step 1: Setup
Step 2: Finalise your Setup
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Sync payroll data
This step will guide you through synchronising payroll data between Planday and Xero. This means that you’ll be able to create Earning rates and Overtime earnings in Xero based on your Employee groups and Payroll supplements in Planday. Ideally, you’ll have enabled the relevant award for your business and set up your Employee groups before completing this step, see how to create or edit Employee groups article if you haven’t done so already.
Ensure that the checkmark ☑️ is selected for: When pay items are created or updated in Planday, they should also be created and updated automatically in the connected Xero organisation. Uncheck this if you want to map using Salary codes instead.
Click the edit icon to the right on the line with your organisation's name to configure sync of payroll data.
By clicking Manual sync your Employee groups and Payroll supplements will be synced to Xero and created as pay items. This synchronisation can take a while, especially if you have awards enabled. Once the sync is done, you’ll see an overview of the automatically mapped items.
The next step is to map employees to one of the Earning rates. This connection will update the ordinary earning rate on the employee’s pay template in Xero.
Click on the Earning rate that you want to map an employee to, select the adequate employees and click Add. Repeat the process for the other earning rates until you have successfully mapped all the employees to an earning rate and then click Next in the top right corner.
Sync Leave types
In this step, you will connect the leave accounts in the two systems.
Click Add mapping and select which of your leave types from Xero you would like to match to your Planday Absence accounts, then click Add. In the overview, you will see a list of the selected leave types and you will now match them to Planday Absence accounts by selecting the applicable ones from the dropdown menu and then clicking Save in the top right corner.
Export timesheets to Xero
To preview and export approved timesheets from Planday to Xero go to Payroll > Xero payroll. Here you specify the output by using the filters below and preview the hours that will be synced to Xero. Click Preview report to see an overview of which employees have hours in the chosen period and select individual employees to see their hours. Use the Show details button to see a detailed breakdown of the hours.
Xero Organisation: Name of the Xero organisation you are syncing.
Pay run: Select the appropriate pay run in the drop-down. You need to have a draft payrun in Xero before you can sync. Read more about processing a pay run at Xero Central.
Department: Select the departments that you want to sync the hours from.
Shifts: Select whether approved, non-approved or all shifts should be included in the report. Note that all shifts synced will be created as approved timesheets in Xero.
Employee type: Choose which employee types should be included in the report.
Employee group: Choose which employee groups should be included in the report.
Note by clicking the tiny arrow on the right-hand side of Employee type and Employee group you can select and deselect the individual employees.
To sync the hours to Xero, click Sync report in the top right corner. Once the sync is complete, head over to Xero to process your pay run.
If you encounter any errors in the syncing process, visit our Xero FAQ for a resolution or reach out to our support team via chat.
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