Quarterly Crunch - Q2

Quarter 2 done and dusted! This quarter is the one full of Christmas Parties, eating too much and lots of entertainment! While it was busy in our social calendars; did it flow through to our Sales results?

Let’s look at the stats – What skill did we place most of? What skill was highly sort after? Place your bets because it’s time to find out and you can analyse the raw data as you wish.

For your own comparison here is my Q1 (FY17/18) Quarterly crunch and here is Q2 for last year (financial year 16/17) just for fun!

As a recap, we give you Speller International’s actual sales for the quarter. I don’t share my own opinions (or excuses!) or what we believe to be the reasons behind the results. Sometimes, especially in this online age, we hear too many opinions and it’s nice to be able to draw your own. But if you want our opinion then feel free to comment and ask and/or to share your own thoughts.

So, let’s see how we went…

In regards to purely sales (sales = people placed within the SAP field in either contract or permanent engagements), Speller International placed 40% less people in Quarter 2 this year (Oct/ Nov/ Dec 2017) than we did in the previous Quarter (Jul/ Aug/ Sept 2017). By comparison, it was 33% less than the same Quarter the previous year (Oct/ Nov/ Dec 2016).

So not a great quarter for our actual results!

What are the top 5 roles we placed in the Quarter?

  • SAP ABAP
  • SAP Change Management
  • SAP Business Analyst
  • SAP Project Manager
  • SAP SuccessFactors

FYI Last quarter (Q1 FY17/18) … It was;

  • SAP ABAP
  • SAP Data (inc Master Data)
  • SAP Project Manager
  • SAP Training and Documentation
  • SAP BO

What % were permanent vs Contract in Quarter 2?

14.8% of the people we placed last Quarter were permanent (or fixed term) and 85.2% were contract. Note; 15.4% of the people we placed in the previous Quarter (Q1) were permanent.

How else can we measure how busy the market was?

While the number of people we placed is a good indication, it is not always the best indication for us to gauge how the market is/was performing. We also like to look at the number of requirements we received from our clients (requirements = vacant job positions which we are engaged to work).

Let’s look at the number of requirements we received in during the Quarter;

Speller International received a total of 114 vacant SAP job positions to fill throughout the Quarter, compared to the previous Quarter which was 103 vacancies (and 118 in Q2 last year). Those positions were across our 3 divisions (SAP IT, SAP Change and Training and SAP Corporate Services) as well as being across Australia and NZ.

Of those vacant positions we received, 9.7% were permanent or fixed term engagements and 90.3% were contract requirements.

Top 10 Requirements

  • SAP ABAP
  • SAP UX/Fiori
  • SAP Project/Program Manager
  • SAP Change Manager
  • SAP Training and Documentation
  • SAP Business Analyst
  • SAP APO
  • SAP CRM
  • SAP Data (Migration/Master Data/Governance)
  • SAP SuccessFactors/HCM

FYI – the top 5 requirements from Q1 were;

  • SAP Project Manager
  • SAP ABAP
  • SAP Data
  • SAP Business Analyst
  • SAP BO

Most difficult skill set to find for Quarter 2 (in no particular order)

  • SAP APO/IBP
  • SAP Solution Manager
  • Business Partner
  • SAP Hybris
  • SAP Enterprise Architect
  • SAP Fiori (Functional)

So that was our Quarter 2; our top placed SAP area, SAP skills most required and permanent vs contract data – all without any conclusion from us!

New Roles/Skills Emerging

Continuing on from last Quarter, we are still seeing strong need for general skillsets; “Business Analyst” and “Project Managers” who hold both SAP and other broader technologies experience. Although it is not a “new” skill, requests for the Fiori/UX skillset is still very busy and it is still a challenge to find the “functional/front end skillset.

Average Contract Length

Last Quarter we continued our extremely good average initial contract length of 19.95 weeks (this does not take into account extensions), which is pretty much on par with Quarter 1’s average of 20.6 weeks

What’s in store for the next Quarter? Stay tuned for the next instalment of our Quarterly Crunch!

2 replies on “Quarterly Crunch – Q2 FY17/18

  1. Dean Capp - 3 weeks ago

    Would be interesting to see how you categorise/define new roles in the future, such as Fiori, which are not really functional, technical or basis roles but rather UX/CX, tile etc. design/set up, (Fiori) development (but still heavy ABAP) and integration, in particular how they are different to traditional SAP roles but align more to web development type roles.

    That was/is one of the biggest mobilisation challenges we had in terms of identifying the resource set we needed for a Fiori project and communicating that out. People need to understand they don’t fully align to traditional SAP roles.

  2. Judy Cole - 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for your comment Dean. Yes, that has been tricky in trying to categorise the skills for the purpose of our own internal stats etc. As far as Fiori is concerned, at this stage we are putting it all in the “UX/Fiori” category (shown above in top 10 requirements) Some of these roles were aligned more to the functional/user experience side and some of these were from the technical ABAP/UX perspective. I would imagine overtime, as we place more and more then I will separate these out… but for the moment the requirements we are getting in are more on the technical side and often the functional consultants and/or internal web designers are assisting with the functional look and feel.
    I wonder if it will end up like SAP BW… where we have the functional, cube building and the ABAP side to cover – some people did one or the other but the really good consultants could do it all!?

    The good news is, I think that the market seems to be talking a lot more about the Fiori challenges – the design, look and feel being the key challenge they’re facing.

    Happy to hear any suggestions though as to what you think we should be categorising as or whether you would prefer us to specify (technical or functional) on our categories?

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