Setup Pre-Defined Timesheets

This article is for users who want to setup a Pre-Defined Timesheet for an employee or group of employees.

A predefined timesheet in Wagemaster is a template of standard times that apply to an employee or group of employees. By attaching a predefined timesheet template to an employee’s file, you have the facility of auto-paying them, which means you can pay a number of employees in seconds. Another benefit of using predefined timesheets is that planned leave can be picked up from the employees’ file automatically, substituting hours worked, reducing data entry required. These are perfect for employees who work the same hours each pay and employees who work regular rosters.

This is an optional setup and if it does not apply to your employee or you do not want to do the setup, scroll down and click on to the next step.

With timesheet setup, the following must be taken into consideration:

  • Days are Numbered instead of defined as Monday, Tuesday etc.;
  • Entry is in Hours and Minutes;
  • The lunch break is included in the setup;
  • The F10 key enables the population of the times entered previously;
  • The ability to repeat the configured time for Fortnightly and Monthly pays is available in the Options tab.

Setup Predefined Timesheets

  • Navigate to Setup > Predefined Times. Click on Add
  • Enter a meaningful description, i.e. 38 Hours per week > TAB (Use the TAB key and not ENTER).3.png
  • Your cursor will now be in the START column.  Enter the start time, i.e. 08:00 and now use the ENTER key (NOT TAB).  You are now in the Finish Column where you will enter the time the employee will go to lunch, i.e. 12:00 and ENTER.  The norm is to ENTER past the Department column and ENTER again to get to the next line’s Start column.  You will now enter the time the employee returns from lunch, i.e. 12:30 and ENTER, and enter the finish time i.e. 16:30 and ENTER.   This is now Day 1 completed and it will now be necessary to use the ENTER key multiple times (4) in order to leave a blank line.
  • Hit the F10 key to replicate the shift above until you have a complete week.
    Note: Day 1 refers to the first day after the period end date. So that if your pay period end day is a Sunday, day one in predefined times refers to Monday.

  •  Repeat step 3 for ALL SEVEN days.4.png
    Note: The Total Hours is the calculation in Hours and Minutes per day. To convert decimals to hours and minutes you can use the Tool Converter found in the Tools Menu. 

Navigate to the Options tab and tick on the Repeat times for all weeks that make up the pay period if your pay frequency is Fortnightly or Monthly 

Additional information regarding the use of Department in Pre-defined Time Sheet:

You can alter departments if needed.  Leaving the departments blank will mean the default department will be used for each employee linked (this is the most common).  If you need hours costed to a department other than the employees' default department, click once on the department line to highlight it, click again to expose a drop-down arrow, then drop the arrow down to choose the required department/s. 

You can choose as many departments as you need within a shift, simply enter a new line of times and select the department.  

If you cost an employee across several departments on a percentage basis; we recommend dividing the day hours by the percentages required, entering the times and departments based on this breakdown on the first day, then copying this day for the entire period.

Once you have added in all the time and checked/changed the additional options on the Options tab (see more detail on the next page), use the ‘Close’ button to close out of the window and your predefined timesheet will be saved.

Predefined Timesheet for Part-Time employees:

If you would like to create a predefined timesheet for a part-time employee, i.e. a 4 day a week employee; after creating the 7 days and saving the predefined timesheet, edit the timesheet > right click on the first line of the day they do not work and select Delete Line, repeat for the second line of that day.  Now you will have a predefined timesheet with a ‘missing’ day and this will ensure that the employee does not get the hours or wages for the day they do not work.


Options Tab

From the Options tab, select the various items as appropriate (see more detail below). 


  • Show this set of standard hours on the timesheet right-click menu-By default, this box is ticked.  This will give you the option of choosing this predefined timesheet from the wages screen.
  • Repeat times for all weeks that make up pay period-This can be used if your pay period is longer than one week.  For instance, if your pay period is fortnightly, you just need to add one week in the predefined timesheet, tick this box, and the other week will also appear on the timesheet to make up for your entire pay period.  You will also need to nominate the ‘Maximum hours in a pay period’ in the box below.  For instance, if your standard time is 38 hours a week and your pay period is 2 weeks (fortnightly), the maximum hours in a pay period would be 76 hours.
  • Apply standard times to weekends-If your employees work Monday to Friday only, leave this box unticked and even though you have entered 7 days when you created the pre-defined timesheet, your employee will only receive 5 days’ hours and wages. 
  • Apply standard times to public holidays-The same as with weekends, if the employee doesn’t usually work on public holidays, leave this unticked.


Attach the predefined timesheet to the Employee Details > Payment Options

Predefined timesheets are perfect for employees who work the same hours each pay and employees who work regular rosters.

Example: Steve Abbott is on a salary and he is paid 38 hours a week.  His hours are 8 am – 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday. 

To have the predefined timesheet appear automatically each week, it needs to be attached to the Employee Details > Payment Options.  Once a predefined timesheet has been created in the Setup menu, please go into the Employee Details > Employment > Payment Options. At the bottom of the screen, select a predefined timesheet from the drop-down list.

If you would like to apply a predefined timesheet to an employee for one pay period only, this can be done through the wages.  Wages > Timesheet and select the employee.  Right, Click on the Time Sheet screen, select Insert Pre-Define Time Sheet and then select the Time Sheet you want to use for this pay period.


Next Step: Setup Employees

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