Xero Payroll Settings – How to Add a Holiday to a Group

by | Apr 15, 2018

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By adding public holidays to Holiday Groups in Xero payroll you can assign groups of public holidays to your employees. In this tutorial, we will use Xero’s demo company to add the Christmas Day public holiday to a holiday group.

This tutorial assumes you have already set up a holiday group. If you have not yet done so, please follow the steps in the Holiday Groups tutorial before completing the steps here.

Holidays in Xero’s Payroll Settings

To add a holiday to a group, first go to the Holidays section of the payroll settings area:

  1. Go to Settings → Payroll in the main menu.
  2. Click on the Holidays tab.


How to Add a Holiday to a Group

If you followed the steps in the tutorial mentioned above, you should see the Queensland group listed in the Groups section on the left-hand side of your screen. Click on Queensland and Add Holiday:


A popup box will open allowing you to enter the details of the Christmas Day holiday:

  • Name: type in Christmas Day.
  • Date: choose the 25 Dec of the current year.
  • Add to Group: choose Queensland if it is not already selected.


Click on the Add button when finished. Christmas Day should now be included in the Queensland group.


Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham

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I have been a company accountant for more than 20 years. I am now dedicated to empowering small business owners through my highly-rated and popular Udemy courses on Xero, bookkeeping and accounting.

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