In SAP, Personnel Areas represent a subdivision of the company code, applicable to employees. The individual personnel areas in a company code are defined in Customizing and have a four-digit alphanumeric identifier. The personnel area is only used in Personnel Administration and is unique within the client. They perform the following functions:
- enables the generation of default values for data entry (eg determination of payroll accounting areas);
- acts as a selection criterion for reporting; and
- acts as a unit in authorisation checks.
Although a Personnel Area can only belong to one company code, they are further divided into Personnel Subareas.