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2146734 - Creating Employees via Import in Employee Central 2.0


How do I create employees in Employee Central  using only import files?


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In Employee Central 2.0 when importing employee data, the sequence of import is very important. If you do not import all the essential files in the right order you can encounter difficulties when trying to import subsequent data and also there can be data issues within the application itself later on. There is a bare minimum of imports you must complete so you can begin testing or indeed for a user to get started properly in the system, and these are listed below.


As a minimum, please perform these imports in the order mentioned below.

1. Basic Import*
2. Biographical Information Import*
3. Employment Details Import*
4. Job History Import
5. Personal Information Import


*Required imports to create a valid Employee Central user.

 Please refer to the "Employee Central Imports" Admin Guide for further information


To Import Employee Data:

In the older Admin UI choose Admin Tools / Manage Users / Import Employee Data

In the newer style Admin UI choose Administration Tools / Manage Employees / Update User Information / Import Employee Data.


Things to remember when creating employees via imports

  • The basic import file creates a new user in the following scenarios:
    • The userID field has no value entered upon import
    • There is a unique value in the userID field upon import


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