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2859629 - Error: "Amount must be specified" While Completing the Compensation Data (Hire) for the Employee


You have hired the Employee XYZ in your system. On trying to complete the Open Hire Task which is Complete Compensation Data (Hire) for XYZ, the system throws error:

Amount must be specified
(where XYZ represents the Employee)


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Compensation work center
  2. Go to Work view
  3. Choose Open Hire Tasks from the drop-down
  4. Select the task Complete Compensation Data (Hire) for XYZ
  5. In the first step of the wizard Assign Compensation Structure, select the value help and choose Compensation Structure ID
  6. Choose the Grade ID from the value help
  7. Select Next
  8. In the second step of the wizard Add Earnings, the Amount is available from the Earnings
  9. Select Next
  10. The wizard does not continue to the third step for Review, but it throws error


The Compensation Structure ID contains the Grade ID where Default Compensation Components have been maintained. Out of these, there are Default Compensation Components with Deduction type without any Default Amount, which is leading to the error while completing the Hire of the Employee. You may verify using the below steps:

  1. Go to Compensation work center
  2. Go to Compensation Structures view
  3. Find the Compensation Structure ID
  4. Select Edit
  5. Go to Compensation Components tab
  6. Select the Grade
  7. You will be able to see the Default Compensation Components
  8. Select each of these Default Compensation Component to check the details of Deduction type and Earnings


If you do not intend to use this Deduction type in this Grade, remove the Deduction type from the list of Default Compensation Components in the Compensation Structure. Thereafter, complete the Employee Compensation Hire.

In case Deduction type has to be still assigned to the Employee, enter the Deduction in the Compensation File.


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