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To pay an employee, all their details need to be entered into MYOB. This includes who they are and what they'll be paid.

There are 2 ways to add an employee's details into MYOB:

  • send the employee a self-onboarding request – the employee will submit their own personal, banking, tax and superannuation details straight into your MYOB business. Then, all you need to do is finish setting them up by adding their pay and leave details.
  • enter the employee's details manually – you'll need to gather and enter all the employee's details yourself. This is what we'll cover below.

Key points

Your plan may limit the number of employees you can pay each month. Learn about payroll limits and fees.

To manually add an employee

To manually add an employee

  1. Go to the Payroll menu and choose Create employee.

  2. Enter the new employee's name and email address. If you know it, also enter their mobile number.

  3. Deselect the option Invite employee to fill out their details.

  4. Click Continue. The three tabs on the Create employee page allow you to enter the rest of the employee's information, including who they are, what they're paid, and how you'll pay them.

  5. On the Contact details tab, complete these details:

    • address and other contact details

    • if you have a numbering or code system to identify employees, use the Employee number field to record it

    • use the Notes field to record any additional contact information, such as emergency contact details.
  6. On the Payroll details tab, click through each of the tabs to set up the employee's pay details. For example, on the Salary and wages tab you'll set up how much the employee will be paid, and so on.

    Here's an overview of each tab:

    Employment details
    • Enter additional details about the employee and their working arrangements. If you'll be emailing their pay slip, enter the email address here.
    • If the Employee basis is set to Other, information for this employee will not be sent to the ATO as part of Single Touch Payroll reporting.
    • The Employment classification is like a job title or to classify workers who are employed under a specific award or agreement. MYOB comes with a default list of employment classifications, but you can customise this list to suit your business (click your business name > Payroll settings > Employment classification tab). Once you've set up your employment classifications in this list, you can assign them to your employees and it'll display on their pay slips. Learn more about maintaining your employment classifications and other payroll settings.

    Salary and wages
    • Choose whether you're paying the employee an annual salary or an hourly rate and how much they'll be paid.
    • Choose their Pay cycle (how often they're paid). You'll still be able to pay an employee outside of this cycle, for things like bonuses or one-off payments.
    • Confirm the employee's Hours in a pay cycle. This is the typical number of hours the employee works for the chosen pay cycle. If an employee's hours vary:
    • Choose your Wage expense account. If you're not sure which account to choose, check with the person who set up your accounts list.
    • Choose the wage pay items the employee is entitled to, for example annual leave pay or overtime. By default, Base Salary is assigned to salaried employees and Base Hourly is assigned to hourly-based employees.
    • If you're not sure what an employee is entitled to, the FairWork website is a good place to start.

    Learn more about creating additional pay items.


    Learn more about setting up leave.


    If the employee requires money to be deducted from each pay, like union fees (for example), choose the deductions here.

    Learn more about setting up deductions.

    • Choose the employee's Superannuation fund and enter their membership number.
    • If their fund isn't listed, you can add it.
    • If you like, click Get super choice form to visit the ATO website for details about downloading and completing the super choice form.
    • If the employee chooses to use your default super fund, contact the fund to obtain a membership number for them.
    • By default, the Superannuation Guarantee super pay item is assigned to new employees (this is for the mandatory superannuation contributions you need to pay for them). If the employee is not eligible for super guarantee contributions., you can click the remove icon to remove the superannuation guarantee pay item from the employee.
    • Choose any additional superannuation pay items the employee is entitled to, such as salary sacrifice superannuation.

    Learn more about Superannuation.


    If there are any expense pay items relating to this employee, select them here.

    • Choose the applicable option in the Tax file number (TFN) status field and enter the employee's Tax file number.
    • Choose the employee's Tax table. To help pick the right one, you can click Fill out TFN declaration questions.
    • Choose the applicable Income type (Salary and wages, Closely held payees, Working holiday maker, Seasonal worker program or Labour hire). If unsure, check with your accounting advisor or the ATO. If you choose Working holiday maker, also choose the employee's Home country (Country code).
    • If the employee has a withholding variation, tax rebate or extra tax to be withheld, record it here.

    Standard pay
    • This tab shows the default pay details for the employee based on the information recorded in the other tabs.
    • Some values, like tax, will be labelled as Calculated, meaning they're calculated each pay.
    • Set values will be displayed, but they can be changed here or when you do a pay run.
    • You can assign Jobs to pay items here to track the wage expense of work performed on that job, or you can assign amounts to jobs when you do a pay run. Tell me more about jobs.

    Learn more about reviewing standard pay details.

    Pay history
    • This tab is where you can enter an employees' payroll history if you've started using MYOB part way through the payroll year.
    • Once you've started paying an employee using MYOB, this tab shows what they've been paid for each pay item for a chosen period.

    Learn more about pay history.

  7. On the Payment details tab, choose how you'll pay the employee (Electronic, Cheque or Cash).

  8. When you're done, click Save.

Check that you're happy with the employee's pay setup via the Payroll details tab > Standard pay. This shows what a regular pay will look like for the employee. Learn more about reviewing standard pay details.

See it in action

What's next?

If you're new to MYOB, make sure you've finished setting up payroll. You're then ready to pay your employees!