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How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

Odoo is one of the most reliable open-source ERP management software used by most of the small, medium and big businesses all over the world. Recently, the no of active users in Odoo has reached 5 million. The reason for this great success is the versatility it provides to its users in terms of their business requirements.

One such great feature of Odoo is its HR Management feature. Odoo provides almost all the HR features like employee management, employee’s contract management, Leaves management, Managing Employee Attendances and their Timesheets. Odoo also provides the privilege of managing Payroll for Employees easily.

Payroll refers to the total amount of wages a company pay to its employees. For proper payroll management, you need to maintain all the records of employees such as Worktime, overtime, attendance, and incentives etc. Payroll management is very important for financial management and legislation compliance.

In Odoo, HR Payroll module is used to deal with all the Payroll Management work and making sure that the employees are getting paid correctly. For generating payslips in Odoo, we need to configure contracts for each and every employee. Contracts help in the seamless management of payroll.

For generating payslips in Odoo, an active contract should be present for the employees. This contract along with the salary structure helps in generating the final payslip for the employees.

The salaries paid to employees contains many components, such as basic salary, allowance, overtimes and deductions, etc. Salary structure is the detail of the salary being offered to the employee, in terms of the breakup of the different components constituting the compensation. After the payslip is generated, the journal entry is created automatically in Accounting.


In this blog, we’ll see how we can configure salary structures, rules and then use them to generate payslips in Odoo. So, let us start.


1.  First, We will create Categories for Salary Rules.

Before Creating Salary rules, we have to create some different Categories, these categories will define the types of payments in Payslip. At the time of the creation of Salary rule, we are going to set categories to summarize rules. Some of the common categories used are: Basic, Allowance, Gross, Deduction, Net.

A unique code is present in each category which will help in calculating Gross and Net amount.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

2. Now we’ll navigate to Payroll > Configuration > Salary Rule Categories. Here, we’ll start by creating the following categories.

2.1 Basic Category: First we will create Basic Category, mostly we use this category to compute the basic amount for salary, in Odoo we can get the basic salary of an employee from his/her contract.

To create categories, we have to key in Name, Code, Parent, here if we want to do Hierarchy of categories then we have to set Parent category in Parent field this way we can create Hierarchy of categories.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

2.2 Allowance Category: Now, we’ll create the 2nd category for allowance, almost all companies provide different kinds of allowance to their employee like HRA, CA, Medical, Meal Vouchers etc. So, to summarize all the allowances, we will create the allowance category. We will use the ALW code to calculate the Gross and Net amount.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

2.3 Gross Category: We create the 3rd category as Gross Category normally we use this category for Gross rule which is to calculate Gross Amount with Basic and Allowance.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

2.4 Deduction Category: The Fourth category will be the deduction category to summaries Deduction Rules Like Provident Fund, Professional Tax, and any other Deduction. We will DED code to Compute Net Salary.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

2.5 Net Category: We create Fifth Net category to summaries Net Rules, which calculate Net Salary of employees.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

3. Now We will create Salary Rules from the Config Menu of HR Payroll Apps.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

First, we will create a basic rule:This Rule calculate the basic amount for Payslip, normally we are getting basic amount from employee’s Contract there we define the Basic wage of the employee.

To create Rule, we must key in Name of the rule, Category, Code, Sequence, and Set Active. For each rule, we have to set a Unique sequence because in Salary Structure it’ll represent by sequence and calculate the amount.

Normally to Compute amount we have 3 options:

1. Percentage: If we select percentage amount type then it’ll calculate the amount based on percentage we set, for this we have to set Percentage base on here we can set python code like a contract, wage, or workdays etc.., so if we set Percentage base on Contract Wage 10000 and we set percentage 10 then it’ll calculate 1000 amount.

2. Fixed Amount:  If we want to set a fixed amount then we can use this type, normally for medical allowance or some other allowance we can use this type.

3. Python Code: The Third type is python code, here we can write python code based on available python attributes like Payslip, Employee, Contract, Worked days, Inputs. using this attribute we calculate theresult for ex: to calculate Basic we use this formula: result = contract.wage

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

For Basic Rule:  We will use Amount Type Python code because we get Wage from employee contract, so we use contract attribute and wage attribute from the contract so our formula to calculate basic is result = contract.wage

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

Now, we’ll Configure Rules for some Allowances.

House Rent Allowance: We Create HRA Rule for employees, we will give HRA 40% base on Employee Wage in the contract. So first we set Name of Rule, Allowance Category and sequence and we use Amount Type Percentage and a percentage will be based on contract wage in this case we give 40% of wage so if the wage is 10000 in the contract then it’ll calculate 4000 as HRA.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

Conveyance Allowance Rule: We will add Conveyance Allowance Rule, some of the companies give CA to their employee for some expense like travel, food, etc.., in our case, we will use Fixed Amount Type so  CA will be fixed 800 per month 800 so when payslip we calculate it’ll add 800 as CA.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

Meal Voucher Rule: We are adding Meal Vouchers Rule, some companies also give meal voucher like sodexo to their employees lets for example they are giving 20, fixed amount per day.

So in payslip, we will use Fixed amount type and worked_days attribute which will get employee’s working day days – leaves/ holidays) and base on aworking day it’ll multiply with 20. so lets for example working days of the employee is 24 then the amount will be 24*20=480 per month in the payslip.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

Medical Allowance Rule: Now We are adding Medical Allowance Rule, some companies give medical allowance to their employees, some provide a fixed amount or some companies give based on percentage, in our case, we’ll give 1250 fixed amount per month as medical allowance.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

Gross Rule: After we are done creating basic and all the allowance rules, we’ll now create Gross Rule which will calculate Gross Amount and for that we will use python code and in python code we will use categories attribute and categories code, and we get all amount base on defined categories, for example we use this formularesult = categories.BASIC + categories.ALW so it’ll add all allowance to the basic amount and give us Gross Salary amount.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

After Creating Basic and Allowance rules now we will create Some Deduction rules, companies deduct some amount like Provident Fund, Professional Tax or any other employee expense. For deduction, we must have to set amount/percentage with a negative sign (-) so that it’ll be considered as the amount to deduct.

PF Deduction Rule: First We will create PF rule, normally companies deduct 12.5% pf of basic salary, deduction Rules, for this we will use Amount type percentage and set 12.5% and base on contract wage, so if basic is 10000 then as per 12.5 amount will be 1250 per month and this will deduct from employee’s salary.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

Professional Tax Rule: Then we will create PT rule, some of the companies deduct PT from employee's salary normally PT is fixed 200 per month base on some standard so in our case we will deduct 200 PT from salary per month.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

Net Salary Rule: Now, at last, to calculate the Net salary of employees we will create this rule, this rule will calculate Net Amount it’ll Basic + Allowance – Deduction. So for that we will use python code and we will use categories attribute and it’s code so to compute Net salary, the formula will beresult = categories.BASIC+ categories+ ALW + categories.DED

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

After Creating all the rules we will create New Salary structure from Salary Structure Menu of Configuration Parent menu in this salary structure we will select rules base on company’s standard some of the companies create one Salary structure for all employee or some are creating Structure base on employee’s categories like the processional, workers, management etc.

4. New Salary Structure: To Create Salary Structure we have to key in Name of Structure, Ref and if we want to create structural hierarchy, then we must have to select a Parent.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

Now from Salary Rule tab we will click on Add a line link and it’ll show a popup with all active rules so We can select rules for this structure here we are selecting all rules for processional structure.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

5. Create New Employee: Now We create New employee from Employees menu, and We will Set 40 hours Working Schedule means 5 day 8 hours working so base on that we will compute salary. In employee form we can key in other information like work, private information.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

6. New Contract: After creating employee, we will now create New Contract from Contracts menu and Set Salary Structure for this employee and in contract tab, we have to set employee, his/her category, working schedule and start/end date as contract duration. And in Salary information Tab we will set Wage.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

7. Set Wage In Contract in Salary information tab.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

8. Creating the Final Payslip: At the last, we will create Payslip for this New employee and for that we select employees and it’ll automatically get contract and salary structure and it auto set start/end date of a month. If there is no leave taken by the employee, then as per the working schedule it’ll get the Number of worked days and if there is leave it’ll deduct leave and get no of taken leaves.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

9. Calculate Salary: To compute the Salary, we have to click on the Compute Sheet button and based on all rules and working days it’ll calculate Net salary to pay to the employee. With all details like Basic, all allowance and deduction.

How To Configure Advance Salary Rules In Odoo

So, by following these simple steps, we can configure salary rules and easily manage Payroll in Odoo.

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