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SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay

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Uplatz offers in-depth and extensive training on SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay module. This is video-based online course (self-paced training). You will be awarded Course Completion Certificate at the end of the course.

SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay is an SAP module under the HCM suite which helps employers in calculating the employee’s bonuses based on the performance within a given period of time. It makes it easy to calculate the bonuses of employees with the help of quantitative work of the business and employees in the period allotted.

Variable Pay is a type of employee compensation that varies, as opposed to salary, which is paid in equal proportions throughout the year. It's often used as part of an overall compensation strategy to recognize and reward an individual, team or group based on achievements/contributions. Thus in essence, Variable Pay deals with variable pay bonus programs, typically known as the corporate bonus programme or STI.

SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay module facilitates the administration of sophisticated bonus calculations that include quantitative business performance and employee performance measures. At an elevated level, it's a solution that provides a streamlined bonus planning and payout process.

The SuccessFactors Variable Pay module addresses complex bonus calculations that are based on one or more of the following goals:

  • Individual goals

  • Team goals

  • Business/Group goals (can have more than one)

There is a separate section for each goal type with relevant weightings and multipliers. A History file enables you to import the assignments for an employee for the entire bonus period. Employees could have multiple rows within the History file if there was a change that could affect their bonuses.

Variable Pay allows you to perform separate calculations for different time periods in a same year. You can perform separate calculation for employees who move from one business unit, division, or location to another. All of the separate calculations are then summed up to calculate one final payout amount.

It is not necessary to have Employee Central to implement Variable Pay. In order to get employee data in Variable Pay we can have integration with Employee Central or can import data directly into Variable Pay programs (if Employee Central is available) or can use a hybrid approach, where some of the data comes from Employee Central and some is directly imported.

SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay training by Uplatz will help you attain the skills needed to implement and use variable pay module as an administrator. You will also understand the usage of basic tools for managing pay cycles within the organization besides learning the concepts and terminology of this module in depth.

This SAP SF Variable Pay training provides comprehensive understanding of the concepts and key terminologies of this module and will thus help you to become a top SAP SuccessFactors/HR Consultant.

Features of SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay

  • Manages employees with bonus target amounts

  • Calculate bonus payout on weighted business, individual and/or team goals

  • Integrated employee performance into bonus calculation either as additive or multiplicative component

  • Assigns bonus plan based on one or more employee history fields

  • Prorates bonus target amount for employees who are on a plan for a portion of the plan period

  • Employees can be assigned to more than one bonus plan

Advantages of SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay

  • Can manage several bonus plans with weighted business goals in a single program

  • Employees can be assigned to more than one bonus plan

  • Compares business goal results to target and calculates payouts using interpolation or step scale

  • In addition to individual performance, Variable Pay can use a team’s Performance Management form ratings/achievement and guidelines to calculate final payout

  • Can apply bonus caps to limit the bonus plan payout

By the end of the course you will be able to perform the following:

  • Use variable pay terminology

  • Use various questions to identify key components of a customer’s bonus program needs

  • Configure variable pay programs

  • Describe, import, and update the data import files used in SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay

  • Explain how the import files relate to one another

  • Update variable pay templates and the employee data model

  • Identify key integration points between SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay and Employee Central

  • Configure Total Compensation by combining Compensation and Variable Pay configurations in one template

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  • SAP SF Variable Pay - Course Syllabus - download


SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay Course Syllabus

  • Getting started with Variable Pay & its Permissions
  • Set-up of Pre-program Tasks
  • Setup & Configure employee data (Bonus data, History, Legibility data etc.)
  • Understanding Business Goals & Setting-up of Variable Pay plan
  • Variable Pay plan design, Defining Fields & Launch
  • Knowledge on Planning Cycle

SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay Certification

This SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay training will help you prepare for the SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay certification which is mainly targeted to those candidates who are from SAP SuccessFactors and/or business consulting background and want to build their career as SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay consultant. The SAP SF Variable Pay Certification Exam verifies that the candidate possesses fundamental knowledge and proven skills in the area of SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay. This exam validates that the candidate has a good and overall understanding within this consultant profile, and can implement this knowledge practically in projects under guidance of an experienced consultant.

Benefits of SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay

1. Forecasting Functionality

SAP SF Variable Pay provides forecast of Variable Pay results for all or part of the organization at any point in time. Forecast results help the compensation administrator compare the annual bonus payout with the accrued bonus expense before the actual payout and address any ‘what-if’ situations. A forecast is produced in both graphical and tabular format to make it more actionable for the reader and empower the business towards strategic decision making. Forecast results improve financial planning and administrative efficiency. A forecast can be viewed department wise, division wise, location wise or Job code wise.

2. Proration of Payouts

Variable Pay calculates incentives based on employee’s performance. It provides the ability to prorate incentive awards when an employee is engaged in different assignments during an evaluation period. This provides a better correlation between Performance and Pay. There can even be a complex scenario where an employee is working on more than one assignment simultaneously, and is thus involved in more than one bonus plan throughout the evaluation period.

This can be a tremendous administrative burden for the compensation professionals.

SuccessFactors Variable Pay eases this burden by:

  • Considering employee’s date effective historical records.

  • Determining who is eligible for which bonus plans during which timeframes.

  • Prorating the payouts for each bonus plan.

3. Budget for Discretionary component

Variable Pay offers the ability to budget and track incentive plans, which allows managers to monitor and manage spending and costs. It results in improved budget management, increased administrative efficiency and reduced costs.

There are various options to calculate the budget spent, it can be as a percentage of forecast results, Or by any other parameter.

So, if you are looking for a corporate-wide employee compensation management solution for a transparent, well planned and fair Bonus Pay that enables well informed strategic decision making, SuccessFactors Variable Pay is the thing!

How Variable Pay benefits an organization

Some of the key business values of implementing and using SAP SuccessFactors Variable Pay include:

  • Improve employee retention: Employees who outperform their peers will be rewarded appropriately, feel valued and happy-and more likely to stay with your company.

  • Be open, honest and accountable: Design your Variable Pay and Bonus strategy with objective data and communicate it company-wide showing a clear link between company, team and individual bonus targets.

  • Save time and money: Eliminate thousands of budget spending by making sure you are not overpaying low performers. Also, the easy-to-use automated system will save compensation managers time and money.

  • Assurance that budgets are used wisely. Automated monitoring of compliance with variable pay guidelines, keeps payouts in line with budgets. Plus, save time as bonus and merit recommendations are automated from employee performance data. Run “what-if” scenarios to instantly see how increasing merit pay to top performers will impact budgets.

  • Eliminate human error: Manage your bonus processes in a secure environment with streamlined workflows where your data is determined via calculation and eligibility engines-eliminating privacy breaches and human calculation errors.

  • Significantly reduced risk with improved audit compliance. Data for audits is automatically stored, reducing this burden for compensation administrators.

  • Tightly linked to your goal and performance management processes when relevant.

  • Prepare forward looking bonus assignment letters for easy self service access within People Profile.

  • Prepare end of year bonus statements for easy self service access within People Profile.

By rewarding goal achievement and great execution, you will retain more of your top talent and drive organizational performance. Plus, you will enjoy clearer visibility into individual employee performance when it comes time to make critical compensation planning decisions.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who wants to make a successful SAP career.


Passion and determination to achieve your goals!

Career path

  • SAP SuccessFactors Consultant / End User
  • SAP HR/HCM Consultant
  • HR Professionals
  • Business Consultant/Analyst

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