Xero Payroll Settings – How to Add or Set Up Holiday Groups

by | Apr 14, 2018

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When setting up Xero payroll, you can use Holiday Groups to efficiently assign groups of public holidays to your employees. This is done in the Holidays tab in the payroll settings area. In this tutorial, we will use Xero’s demo company to set up a holiday group.

To find out how to add public holidays to groups and assign holiday groups to employees, please see our full list of Xero payroll tutorials.

Holiday Groups in Xero’s Payroll Settings

To set up a holiday group, 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 Group

Next, click on Add Group on the left-hand side of your screen:


A popup box will appear allowing you to name the holiday group and add existing holidays to the group. You can call your holiday groups anything you like but for this exercise, we will pretend the business is located in Queensland and name the group after its location:

  • Name: type in Queensland.
  • Add existing holidays from group: leave this as Don’t add any existing holidays.


Click on Add when finished. You should now see that the group Queensland has been added to the list of holiday groups. You can add more than one holiday group if you need to. Each group you create will be added to the list.


Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham

Xero Specialist | Udemy Instructor | Small Business Owner

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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