The following employees work for Contracts R US Ltd, a public company specialising in contract labour force for different projects in construction industry. The employees are paid an hourly rate, based on their Job Classification level.  If an employee works more than 37 hours, they will be paid the overtime rate for the additional hours.


The following table summarises the classifications and level of pay per classification:



Classification Levels
Level Hourly pay
1         30.00
2         40.00
3         50.00
4         60.00
5         70.00
6         75.00


The overtime hourly rate is $ 80 per hour for ALL employees, regardless of their classification level.


Contracts R US Ltd has the following employees:



Employee name Classification Level
Paris Holton 3
Ricky Mortini 4
Jennifer Leepoz 6
Selina Geemak 2
Willard Smith 1
Russell Creak 6
Rafael Nooderly 4
Novak Djoker 1
Lara Bangle 5
Kath Hudson 6


The hours worked for the week ended 30th June, 2018 are as follows:



Employee name Hours worked
Novak Djoker 37
Willard Smith 39
Lara Bangle 40
Kath Hudson 52
Selina Geemak 30
Paris Holton 49
Russell Creak 34
Jennifer Leepoz 36
Ricky Mortini 52
Rafael Nooderly 49


REQUIRED: One worksheet must be used to provide answers to this question.  

  • No marks will be awarded if the correct function or formula is not used or if data has been manually entered.
  • Take care regarding professional presentation of your work at every step. All dollar amounts must be provided in currency format and 2 decimal places.


1 a)     Copy Table A into your worksheet. Set up a ‘range’ for the data. Name the range

‘classification level’

b)     Copy Table B to the same worksheet.

•        Add a third column titled ‘hourly pay’. Use the VLOOKUP function to pick up the correct hourly pay rate for each employee from the ‘classification level’ range set up above.

•        Create a ‘range’ for the data in these 3 columns. Name the range ‘pay rate table’. This range will be used in a question below.

2 Using Table C data and keeping employee order unchanged, set up a payroll table to calculate the total payroll for each employee. Your main payroll table should have the following headings:

Employee Name Hours worked Regular Hours Overtime Hours Hourly Pay Base 


Overtime Total  Pay

a)     Use the IF function and absolute referencing to calculate the Regular Hours column. Use a formula to calculate the Overtime hours.

b)     Use the VLOOKUP function with reference to the range created earlier to determine the Hourly Pay for each employee.

c)      Use suitable formulae to calculate the Base and Overtime amount and Total pay for each employee.

d)     Sort the table in order of employee names. All columns must be totalled as required.   

e)     Using another formula, identify the employee(s) that earned maximum overtime.

f)      Ensure that your work is professionally presented, with suitable formatting,  borders and labels

3 Discuss, justify and illustrate two more functions that can be included, to help with decision making. You can consider “INDEX MATCH”, “IF combined with AND / OR”, “CHOOSE” or similar other functions and illustrate using any sample data.

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