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Author's profile photo Xavier Le Garrec

3 key configuration setups to master in Variable Pay

Variable Pay is a highly complex module of SuccessFactors.

It can do a lot but can also take a very long time to configure and fine-tune if we don’t know how to navigate its sometimes choppy waters.

In this post I will show in 3 recordings how to master some key configuration setups to be more efficient when configuring or administrating Variable Pay.


  • #1 – Save time when running the “Import Employee History from Employee Central” job by using the Global Eligibility Rule for EC records (also called Records Filtering rule).



  • #2 – Know how to control the number of records that show in employee history by using the Merge criteria in the varPayEmpHist background element.



  • #3 – Control Assignment Details fields visibility with assignment level custom fields (ALCF)

For this #3, please find below the xml with the specific tags from the example in the recording in bold (to facilitate copy pastes) :

<comp-field-definition id="customAssignmentLevelCountry" isCustomField="true" isVisible="true" type="string" useFor="varpay" level="assignment" importKey="country" importSrc="DM" readOnly="true" hidePercentage="false" hideAmount="false" percentageReadOnly="false" reloadable="false" displayOrder="1" reportable="true">


Assignment level custom fields can also allow us to make calculations at the record level for example below to calculate the number of days for each assignment which is a frequent request :





All the best,


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      Author's profile photo Radhika Goyal
      Radhika Goyal

      Great Blog Xavier!

      Author's profile photo Mohd Shahvez
      Mohd Shahvez

      Very Informative Blog!! Xavier

      Author's profile photo Anand Athanur
      Anand Athanur

      Nicely done, Xavier!

      Author's profile photo Janeth Cáceres
      Janeth Cáceres



      Author's profile photo Vladimir Mote
      Vladimir Mote

      Great work and stuff that really help on leverage all potential of VarPay!


      Author's profile photo Shiva Shukla
      Shiva Shukla

      Great stuff Xavier. Thanks for this blog.

      Author's profile photo John King
      John King

      Brilliant blog Xavier, the videos are a great approach to discussing complexities in Variable Pay!

      Thank you!

      Author's profile photo Vishnu Prasad Rajhendhran
      Vishnu Prasad Rajhendhran

      Very helpful blog Xavier. Appreciate your contribution!

      With regards to Variable Pay Invidivual View, I understand that it is not enabled for Total Compensation yet. I am not sure why there is even a provision to configure it in the template if it does not work.

      Any ideas as to when this would be enabled for Total Comp?

      Author's profile photo Xavier Le Garrec
      Xavier Le Garrec
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Vishnu Prasad Rajhendhran

      I don't know unfortunately but will ask Product if it is on the roadmap and update this comment here.

      All the best,


      Author's profile photo Xavier Le Garrec
      Xavier Le Garrec
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Vishnu Prasad Rajhendhran

      Good news, Individual View for Total Compensation template is on the roadmap and requested by SAP too.

      You can get insights on the roadmap here :

      All the best,



      Author's profile photo Vishnu Prasad Rajhendhran
      Vishnu Prasad Rajhendhran

      Xavier Le Garrec Thanks for the update Xavier!

      Author's profile photo Daniel Romanin
      Daniel Romanin

      Great Scott!

      This saved me Xavier!!!

      Thank you so much, I did to bring the assignment date and worked...