Quarterly Crunch Q1 15/16

Posted on November 2015 By Judy Cole
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​It’s the end of the first quarter for 2015/16 financial year, on the back of a very large year at Speller International and we had high hopes for this year… but how did we fair in our first quarter? Well we hit target, which is a start, in fact we were bang on target! So let me share some of our stats with you so that you can read into as you like.

For your own comparison here is my Quarterly Crunch from Q4 2014/15

As a recap on how the Quarterly Crunch blogs work, I give you our raw stats based on our actual sales for the quarter. I don’t complicate matters with my own opinion or analytics, as I am sure you would like to sometimes draw your own conclusions instead!

So, let’s see how we went…

In regards to purely sales (Sales = people placed within the SAP field in either contract of permanent engagements) Speller International placed 48% more people last Quarter (July, Aug, Sept 15) than we did in Quarter 1 of the previous year (July, Aug, Sept 14)

Considering last year was Speller International’s best year yet, it’s safe to say that the years started off well… 48% better to be precise!

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





  • SAP BW

FYI Last quarter (Q4 14/15), it was;


  • SAP BO


  • SAP Tester


*SAP FICO has been our most placed area for the last 9 months now…. Good sign? I know what I think, but what do you think?

What % were permanent vs Contract in Quarter 1?

94% of our placements were contract and 6% were permanent and/or Fixed Term. Last quarter (Q4), 13% were permanent placements.

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 as to gage how the market is/was. 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 number of requirements that we got in during the quarter;

Speller International received a total of 132 vacant SAP job positions to fill throughout the quarter; those positions were across our 3 divisions (SAP IT, SAP Change and Training and SAP Corporate services)

8% of those vacant positions were permanent or fixed term engagements and 92% were contract requirements.

Remember last quarter we got 128 vacancies.

Top 10 Requirements





  • SAP Business Analyst

  • SAP HCM (Including SuccessFactors)

  • SAP Project Manager

  • SAP Trainer

  • SAP BW

  • SAP HANA and Architects

FYI – top 5 requirements from Q3 are below;


  • SAP Data (Data Migration and Master Data

  • SAP Tester

  • SAP BW


Most difficult skill set to find for Quarter 1 (In no particular order)

  • SAP CRM (functional and developers)

  • SAP SuccessFactors


  • SAP with OpenText

So there it is, our top placed SAP area, SAP skills most required and perm vs contract all without any conclusion from me! But I can’t hold my tongue too much, so I am introducing a new paragraph for my Quarterly Crunch this year! It’s called….

New roles/skills emerging

While SAP FICO has clearly been our most popular area this last quarter, it would be unfair not to mention that quite a few of those SAP FICO requirements and placements were actually to work on SAP SimpleFinance.

We also saw an increase of Business Engagement Manager roles and a lot more SAP skills with OpenText. We are seeing a lot of BRF+ work coming through and even got our first ever SAP HRF role.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Surprised we are going through a patch where the core SAP ECC skills are busier than the newer areas? Happy that SAP ABAP was our 2nd most popular requirement? Excited to see SAP FICO has topped our most requirements list for the last 9 months? What can we draw from that? What will be our most placed area for Q2… who knows?