Set up A Pay Period

A pay period is a recurring length of time over which an employee has worked and is recorded for payment. In Wagemaster, a pay period is called a Pay Period Ending (PPE) Date.

There must be at least one pay period specified in the company’s payroll file, although it is possible to set up multiple pay periods to suit payroll needs. Examples of these are weekly, fortnightly and monthly. Each employee must be assigned to one of those PPE Dates.

Set up a PPE Date

  1. From the start page of Wagemaster, click Setup > Preferences… image001.jpg
  2. Click Configuration-> Pay Periods 


  3. Click Add 


  4. At the Add Pay Period Details screen, complete the following:
    • Description: Enter the description (suggest you use a meaningful name to group the employees) for the PPE Date. This might be a description of the types of employees on this PPE or the Frequency of the pays or a combination of these two things, for example “Weekly” or “Casual Staff” or “Weekly Casual staff”
    • Frequency: Select the pay frequency from the drop-down list

      Note: The frequency is linked to the tax tables – i.e. if your frequency is weekly then the program will work out the tax on the weekly tax table

      Other frequency options available are Bi-Monthly, Calendar Month, Fortnightly, Four Weekly, Monthly

    • Click OK 


      In the example above, we have created a new weekly PPE Date for our casual employees

  5. The newly created pay period is displayed in the Pay Period section of the Configuration.  Click Close to return to the start page of Wage Easy Payroll.


Review PPE Date Setup

To review the PPE Date setup:

Click the PPE Date menu option on the main Wage Easy page to display the drop-down calendar to view the individual PPE dates created image006.png

In the example above, you can see all the PPE dates for the weekly cycle for the month of March -  2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. All bolded dates signify a PPE date – i.e. a date that can be used to process a pay run.  Also, there are fortnightly PPE dates on the 14th and the 28th of March.

Check Employee’s PPE Date

Every employee is attached to a PPE date. To view the PPE date in the employee’s details record

  1. Click Employee > Edit Employee… 


  2. Click in the name box to choose the employee’s name that you wish to check the pay period for 


  3. Click the Employment button and then the word Employment 


  4. In the Description field, the name of PPE Date will be displayed 


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