Quarter 3 is now behind us and while the Melbourne weather has remained hot throughout the quarter has the SAP market?

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 Q2 (FY17/18) Quarterly crunch and here is Q3 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 86% more people in Quarter 3 this year (Jan/ Feb/ March 2018) than we did in the previous Quarter 2 (Oct/ Nov/ Dec 2017). By comparison, it was 2% less than the same Quarter the previous year (Jan/ Feb/ March 2017).

We had a great quarter, which was very much welcome after our bad Quarter 2!

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

  • SAP Training and Documentation
  • SAP Developers (ABAP/Fiori/UI5)
  • SAP Basis
  • SAP Change Management
  • SAP Business Analyst

FYI, last quarter (Q2 FY17/18) … it was:

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

What % were permanent vs Contract in Quarter 2?

11.7% of the people we placed last Quarter were permanent (or fixed term) and 88.3% were contract. Note; 14.8% of the people we placed in the previous Quarter (Q2) 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 144 vacant SAP job positions to fill throughout the Quarter, compared to the previous Quarter which was 114 vacancies (and 133 in Q3 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, 6.9% were permanent or fixed term engagements and 93.1% were contract requirements.

Top 10 Requirements

  • SAP Training and Documentations
  • SAP Data (Migration/Master Data/Governance)
  • SAP Basis
  • SAP Change Manager
  • SAP Architects
  • SAP Developers (ABAP/Fiori/UI5)
  • SAP Business Analyst
  • SAP PMO (Project Admin/PMO Analysts)
  • SAP Project Manager
  • SAP Payroll/SuccessFactors

FYI – the top 5 requirements from Q2 were;

  • SAP ABAP/li>
  • SAP UX/Fiori
  • SAP Project/Program Manager/li>
  • SAP Change Manager
  • SAP Training and Documentation/li>

Most difficult skill set to find for Quarter 3 (in no particular order)

  • SAP Ariba
  • SAP Architects
  • SAP Payroll
  • SAP Fiori (Functional)

So that was our Quarter 3; 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 not a new skill specifically, we have seen a lot of “Lead” positions.

Average Contract Length
Last Quarter we continued our extremely good average initial contract length of 19.68 weeks (this does not take into account extensions), which is pretty much on par with Q2 at 19.95 and 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!